NCCOS Supports International Climate Change Assessments in the Virgin Islands
Governments of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and British Virgin Islands (BVI) are beginning a new partnership to understand climate change, assess threats, and develop a public outreach strategy. To support this effort, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science provided historical climate data (1931-2008) from NOAA’s National Climate Data Center, as well as a time-series plot and remote sensing imagery from NOAA’s Coral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database, to show sea surface temperature anomalies and thermal stress to corals since 1985.
In addition, NCCOS provided aragonite concentration maps for the region from 1988 and 2008, and a list of NOAA remote sensing products that could also be useful in their work to examine climate change and other stresses to coral reef ecosystems.
Cross-boundary partnerships between USVI and BVI are surprisingly rare, and the rapid NCCOS response helped to put climate change on the agenda for the next BVI-USVI Inter-Island Council meeting.