|©National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
|MODIS satellite true color image of dust storm over tropical North Atlantic Ocean, March 2004.
|©UCAR, Credit: Illustration by Steve Deyo
|The Western Pacific Warm Pool, which lies northeast of Australia, contains some of the warmest ocean waters in the world. Water temperatures in the warm pool have risen less than elsewhere in the tropics, which may explain why reefs there have experienced less coral bleaching.