Conditions in the West Hawai‘i (Kona Coast) Region


The graphics below depict monthly sea surface temperature (SST) in the West Hawai‘i region, also known as the Kona Coast (outlined in white on the map on the left). This region is the focus of the West Hawai‘i Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Project.
We used the NOAA Pathfinder-GAC data to compute mean SST in the region. That dataset was discontinued in Apr. 2016, and replaced with the NOAA GOES-POES product, which we use for more recent months.

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The graphics below depict monthly chlorophyll a concentration from the MODIS Aqua sensor in the West Hawai‘i region, also known as the Kona Coast (outlined in white on the map on the left).
Higher chlorophyll a concentrations indicate more productive waters.

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