Temperature Data For The GBR Region (NESP TWQ 4.2, AIMS)

This collection of temperature logger data has been produced to cover the most recent back to back bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef to be used as a reference data set for coral bleaching studies. The data comes from over 90 permanent temperature logger locations within the reef from the AIMS temperature logger program, 12 AIMS automatic weather stations, 6 AIMS-IMOS mooring sites and 15 Queensland Environment wave-buoys temperature loggers. The data were restricted from late 2015 to mid-2017. For each of the sites, a visualisation dashboard presents summary plots of the data at each available depth that can be interrogated. Daily climatologies are provided so users can quickly determine the thermal history at each site. If the temperature record extends for more than 10 years previous to 2012, a climatological reference derived from the loggers' data is presented. Also, the climatological values derived from the Sea Surface Temperature Atlas of the Australian Regional Seas (SSTAARS) are shown in the dashboard as reference. The reference NOAA's heating indicators Maximum Monthly Mean (MMM), and maximum Degree Heating Week (DHW) for 2016 and 2017 are provided for each of the sites. The original subsetted data can be downloaded following the link at the bottom of this page. The popups in the map link to metadata records of each of the sources. The data comes from as subset from 2015-2017 corresponding to the GBR area. When a site contains more than 10 years of data before 2012, climatological temperature values (daily) are provided, derived from good quality data (temperature values with QC flags 1 - good data, and 2 - probably good data). Temperature data from reef temperature loggers and weather stations were downloaded from AIMS Data Centre. Moorings data were downloaded from the IMOS-AODN portal/THREDDS server and wave buoy data from the Queensland wave monitoring program. The temperature data were averaged to one-hour intervals. Format: csv files References: AIMS Sea Water Temperature Observing System (AIMS Temperature Logger Program) https://doi.org/10.25845/5b4eb0f9bb848 Steinberg, C., J. Benthuysen, E. Klein-Salas, N.E. Cantin and C.M. Spillman (2021) Oceanographic drivers of bleaching in the GBR: from observations to prediction, Volume 2: Summary of oceanographic conditions during the 2015-17 bleaching years. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (XXpp). Cantin, N. E., Klein-Salas, E., Frade, P. (2020) Spatial variability in coral bleaching severity and mortality during the 2016 & 2017 GBR coral bleaching event. Report to the National Environmental Science Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (54pp.). Data Location: This dataset is filed in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\Nesp4\4.2-Oceanographic-drivers-of-bleaching

Principal Investigator
Steinberg, Craig Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Co Investigator
Klein Salas, Eduardo Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Point Of Contact
Steinberg, Craig Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) e-atlas@aims.gov.au

Data collected from 01 Oct 2015 until 30 Sep 2017


Data Usage Constraints
  • Attribution 3.0 Australia