Cyberlab - Climate Changes and Coral Reefs

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Name: __________________________________________ Date: ____________________________
Climate Changes and Coral Reefs
View the Coral Reef Interactive Map from the e-Tools.
1. Use the Coral Reef Interactive Map by moving the slider to view the SST anomaly data for various time
periods.
a. Describe two regions and time periods in which there is anomalously warm water (more than 2 ˚C
greater than the mean), or the warmer pattern persists for more than 1 year.
b. Describe two regions and time periods in which there is anomalously cool water (more than 2 ˚C less
than the mean), or the cooler pattern persists for more than 1 year.
2. On the interactive map, Letters A, B, and C correspond to areas with coral reefs. Letter A shows Hawaiian
Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Letter B is the location of the Florida Keys National Marine
Sanctuary, and Letter C represents Fagetele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Use the maps to record the observed SST differences for locations A, B, and C, in the table. For each time
period, note whether the data indicate that the SSTs are warmer or cooler than average.
Temperature (°C)
January
A
B
July
C
A
B
C
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
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3. Which area, A, B or C, experienced consistently warmer than average temperatures in the years studied?
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