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Call for global bleaching data


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States of America)

The recent (2014 – 2017) Global Coral Bleaching Event greatly accelerated coral loss and reef degradation worldwide. NOAA Coral Reef Watch is continuing to determine the severity and distribution of coral bleaching and mortality resulting from this event and compare these with satellite measurements of bleaching heat stress. This will culminate in a summary paper, led by Mark Eakin (NOAA Coral Reef Watch Coordinator) that will target a high impact scientific journal, similar to Eakin et al. (2010) Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in 2005. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13969.

We are calling for any observational data on bleached AND non-bleached corals you might have from 2014-2017.

Please submit by 24th May 2018.

Benefits of responding to this request:

(1)   All significant data contributors will be included as co-authors on the summary paper (as mentioned above) and we will endeavor to acknowledge all contributors. Because of the broad scale of this paper, contributing your data to this analysis should in no way interfere with any local or regional papers you may be planning about bleaching on your reefs during 2014-2017.

(2)   Authors of local or regional papers regarding bleaching on your reefs during 2014-2017 can submit their manuscripts to Coral Reefs for the Special Issue that will be entirely devoted to the Global Coral Bleaching Event that occurred during this period. Mark Eakin at NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, Rusty Brainard at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and Hugh Sweatman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science are serving as guest editors of this Special Issue. Click here for more details.

Ways in which you can contribute data:

(1)   E-mail your data files (in Excel, Word, etc.) directly to, OR

(2)   Enter your data into Coral Reef Watch’s Google Form, OR

(3)   Download Coral Reef Watch’s bleaching questionnaire from our website, enter your data, and e-mail the completed questionnaire back to

Denise Devotta, a Scientist with NOAA Coral Reef Watch, is coordinating the collection of these data and may follow-up with you as we proceed with the analysis for the summary paper.

Please forward this email to your colleagues who might have data to contribute to this effort. We look forward to collaborating with you. Do not hesitate to contact us ( with any follow-up questions.