Climate Monitoring in Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys

February 7, 2024

Nicole Besemer, Oceanographer, NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory Coral Program

With record high ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico in 2023, there was a lot of coral bleaching. Just about everyone realizes coral bleaching is not good for our coral reefs, but exactly how is it affecting them and what can we expect in the future? Climate monitoring helps us understand these impacts. Join us for a look at monitoring efforts of the reefs at the Flower Garden Banks, as well as the Florida Keys, and see what we’ve learned from the 2023 mass bleaching event.