Saturday, October 24, 2020

Could Computer Forecasting Help Sea Corals Avoid Disease?

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While we hear about rising ocean temperatures leading to coral bleaching, other potential coral killers are diseases that may or may not have heat increases to blame.

Ocean advocacy group Oceana has a recent blog post that talks about Coral Reef Watch, a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tool that uses computer models to predict sea temperatures in the next four months.

The big question now is could that kind of predictive science be used to forecast coral diseases like White Band Syndrome, which in the 1970s killed off a large swath of Caribbean corals?

For more info, check out the Oceana blog post.

(Photo credit: OCEANA / Houssine Kaddachi)

SourceOceana
John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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