Coral Bleaching

These pages provide information on sea surface temperatures for monitoring coral bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. See latest on the 2016 marine heatwave on the Reef.

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.

Monthly Spatial SSTA Forecast

This POAMA-2 (M24) version forecast is generated twice weekly by the Bureau's National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre (NMOC). The forecast presented is based on the ensemble mean of the latest 33 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.

Please be aware that all POAMA forecasts are subject to the Bureau of Meteorology's copyright and disclaimer.