An international research team led by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has demonstrated that cooling by internal waves could potentially create thermal refuges for coral reefs, and may help prevent and more accurate predict locations of coral bleaching.


Coral reefs around the world are threatened by pan-tropical bleaching events caused by rising seawater temperatures linked to ongoing climate change and extreme conditions like El Niño. However, bleaching patterns can be hard to predict, especially in deeper water. Currently, most bleaching predictions are based on surface estimates of seawater temperatures gathered with satellites. Read More...


Prof. Alex WYATT maintains shallow water temperature loggers in Funauki Bay, Iriomote Island, Japan to measure water temperatures at coral reef sites.
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