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)