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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Aerial surveys of the northern Great Barrier Reef during the 2016 coral bleaching event

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Jun 2016

This footage shows extensive coral bleaching (white/yellow patches) on the northern Great Barrier Reef as seen from the helicopter during scientific aerial surveys in March 2016. MORE INFORMATION BELOW.

On 29th March 2016, aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea revealed that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef experienced the worst mass bleaching event in its history, with the overwhelming majority of reefs being ranked in the most severe bleaching category. The surveys were conducted by Prof Terry Hughes from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, convenor of the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce, and James Kerry, project manager of the taskforce.

Footage is free to use for editorial purposes but MUST be credited ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies / James Kerry.

What is coral bleaching? How does it affect the Great Barrier Reef?
https://www.coralcoe.org.au/resources/for-managers/coral-bleaching-and-the-great-barrier-reef

Hot news on the 2016 coral bleaching event:

20 April 2016: Only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided coral bleaching

Only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided coral bleaching

15 April 2016: Great Barrier Reef risks losing tolerance to bleaching events

Great Barrier Reef risks losing tolerance to bleaching events

05 April 2016: National Coral Taskforce unleashes an armada of experts

National Coral Taskforce unleashes an armada of experts

29 March 2016: Coral Bleaching Taskforce documents most severe bleaching on record

Coral Bleaching Taskforce documents most severe bleaching on record

21 March 2016: Scientist witnesses severe coral bleaching

Scientist witnesses severe coral bleaching

14 March 2016: National Coral Taskforce puts plan into effect as bleaching intensifies

National Coral Taskforce puts plan into effect as bleaching intensifies

01 March 2016: National Coral Bleaching Taskforce keeping a close watch on the Reef

National Coral Bleaching Taskforce keeping a close watch on the Reef

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au