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Slocum gliders track sub-surface warming in the Great Barrier Reef

Jessica Benthuysen and Madeleine Cahill

24 May, 2016

In recent months, widespread coral bleaching has been reported from the Northern to the Central Great Barrier Reef (GBR). One main cause of coral bleaching is consistently high sea temperatures. This bleaching event has coincided with a marine heat wave on the GBR where the monthly average sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly for March was greater than 1º for much of the Central GBR, and reaching 2º for much of the Northern GBR.   [more]