Coral mass bleaching extent 1998
The purpose of this study was to provide a large-scale documentation of the extent of bleaching, for comparison against SST and other bleaching events.
The data record the large-scale bleaching event on the GBR in 1998, mapped by aerial survey method. Surveys were conducted at a flying height of 160 m and covered a total of 654 reefs. Data are estimated bleaching status of whole reefs, conducted by one experienced observer (RB). The surveys were conducted soon after the hottest period was over, a compromise between ensuring that bleaching on reefs was as advanced as possible but before major mortality had set in. Approximately 42% of reefs bleached to some extent in 1998, with ~18% strongly bleached.