These pages provide information on sea surface temperatures for monitoring coral bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Spatial Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly Forecast
The following plot shows the latest sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology's seasonal prediction system POAMA (Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia) for the next six months in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia.
This POAMA-2 forecast is generated operationally by the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre (NMOC) and updated every two weeks. The forecast presented is based on the ensemble mean of the latest 30 member multi-model forecasts. Sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies are calculated as the difference between SST values and the 1982-2010 climatology, the monthly long term mean SST.
For further information visit POAMA group.