Large-scale bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef

  title={Large-scale bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef},
  author={Ray Berkelmans and James K. Oliver},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
 The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) experienced its most intensive and extensive coral bleaching event on record in early 1998. Mild bleaching commenced in late January and intensified by late February/early March 1998. Broad-scale aerial surveys conducted of 654 reefs (∼23% of reefs on the GBR) in March and April 1998, showed that 87% of inshore reefs were bleached at least to some extent (>1% of coral cover) compared to 28% of offshore (mid- and outer-shelf) reefs. Of inshore reefs 67% had high… CONTINUE READING
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