Hawaiʻi Coral Bleaching Tracker 2020

NOAA Coral Reef Watch Alert Level: WATCH

- Some corals look pale but are not bleach-white.
- Small portions of corals are bleach-white.
- Large areas of coral are bleach-white.
  1. Click "Report Bleaching" on the map above.
  2. Drag the pointer () to the map location where you observed coral bleaching.
  3. Select the bleaching level.
  4. Click "Submit Report".

Why report coral bleaching?

When you report coral bleaching in your area, you're helping environmental organizations, research scientists, policymakers in Hawaiʻi, and engaged community members like yourself. Last year, reports from community members in Hawaiʻi like you enabled us to put together a large-scale effort to respond to coral bleaching in real-time and limited damage to our reefs. This year, your efforts are just as important

Coral bleaching levels

Coral bleaching is an extremely complex process, so to make reporting more straightforward we simplified it down to three categories. Light bleaching represents areas where some corals look pale but are not bleach-white, medium bleaching categorizes areas where small portions of corals are bleach-white, and severe bleaching is used to describe large areas with bleach-white corals.

Keep an eye out for updates

This website will expand over the next weeks as the bleaching event progresses. Check back in to stay informed and connected, and follow us for frequent updates.