The health and continued viability of coral reefs throughout the world is in danger due to rising sea surface temperature (SST) as a result of climate change. Satellite-derived SST is therefore an important tool for researching the effects of and monitoring coral stress caused by anomalous SST. SST-based anomaly products that have been designed specifically for corals, such as those produced by the NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) program are key to understanding and monitoring the effects of SST anomalies on coral health.
Researching the effects of and monitoring coral stress caused by anomalous SST.
User Requirements Document
At the Science Team Meeting XX in 2019, the Science Team (ST) asked the Coral Heat Stress User Requirements Task Team to make recommendations on satellite SST requirements for use by coral scientists, users and coral reef managers. In 2020 the Task Team (TT) reported its findings to the ST at GHRSST Science Team Meeting XXI and published an initial report, the Coral Heat Stress User SST Requirements. In the summer of 2021, an updated document was presented to the Science Team: https://zenodo.org/record/5795570
Updates to the User Requirements Document
The Task Team has updated the GHRSST Coral Heat Stress Task Team (TT) user requirements document to include the following:
- requirements for other uses of SST other than the quantification of heat stress;
- an update to the current set of requirements to take account of evolving coral knowledge, e.g. recent work points to the need for an understanding of the entire diurnal cycle in and around a coral reef.
LAST REPORT TO THE SCIENCE TEAM
- June 2022: no report available.
- June 2021: Coral Heat Stress SST User Requirements Report 2021 https://zenodo.org/record/5795570 Slides on progress: Slides-Coral2021
TASK TEAM MEMBERS
Members: Jacqueline De La Cour, Gang Liu, Andy Harris, Eileen Maturi, Neal Cantin, Christopher Merchant, Mark Worsfold, Simon Good, Simon Donner, Claire Spillman, Robert Johnson, Helen Beggs, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Scott Heron.
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