Using Data to Identify Hot Spots and Predict Bleaching Events

In this EarthLabs activity, learners explore the concepts of coral bleaching, bleaching hot spots and degree-heating weeks. Using data products from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch, students identify bleaching hot spots and degree-heating weeks around the globe as well as in the Florida Keys' Sombrero Reef to determine the impact higher-than-normal sea surface temperatures have on coral reefs.

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Erin Bardar
LuAnn Dahlman
Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, EarthLabs Project
Activity takes about 2-3 class periods. Computer and internet access is required.

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Student groups will need computer access to complete the activity.

Teachers should spend some time (on the order of ~2 hrs) familiarizing themselves with the site and tools prior to using this lab with students.

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