Coral Bleaching: A White Hot Problem

This teaching activity addresses environmental stresses on corals. Students assess coral bleaching using water temperature data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center. Students learn about the habitat of corals, the stresses on coral populations, and the impact of increased sea surface temperatures on coral reefs. In a discussion section, the connection between coral bleaching and global warming is drawn.

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Laura Rose
Lisa Ayers Lawrence
Bridge Project - NOAA Sea Grant and National Marine Educators Association

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Activity needs a hook to get students interested - ideally, a powerpoint presentation or some beautiful pictures of coral reefs.

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