The year of 1998 was a difficult time for the world's coral reefs, with abnormally warm sea surface temperatures (SST's) causing widespread coral bleaching. The animations and images on this page show the differences between the climatological maximum monthly mean SST (i.e. the expected summer-time maximum) and the satellite-derived NOAA/NESDIS nightime SST fields. When the nightime SST field is warmer than the expected summer-time maximum by 1°C, the region is shown in orange as a potential coral bleaching hotspot.
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NOAA/NESDIS 1998 Coral Bleaching HotSpots