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Natural hazards in Australia: heatwaves


Perkins-Kirkpatrick, SE and White, CJ and Alexander, LV and Argueso, D and Boschat, G and Cowan, T and Evans, JP and Ekstrom, M and Oliver, ECJ and Phatak, A and Purich, A, Natural hazards in Australia: heatwaves, Climatic Change, 139, (1) pp. 101-114. ISSN 1573-1480 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1650-0


As part of a special issue on natural hazards, this paper reviews the current state of scientific knowledge of Australian heatwaves. Over recent years, progress has been made in understanding both the causes of and changes to heatwaves. Relationships between atmospheric heatwaves and large-scale and synoptic variability have been identified, with increasing trends in heatwave intensity, frequency and duration projected to continue throughout the 21st century. However, more research is required to further our understanding of the dynamical interactions of atmospheric heatwaves, particularly with the land surface. Research into marine heatwaves is still in its infancy, with little known about driving mechanisms, and observed and future changes. In order to address these knowledge gaps, recommendations include: focusing on a comprehensive assessment of atmospheric heatwave dynamics; understanding links with droughts; working towards a unified measurement framework; and investigating observed and future trends in marine heatwaves. Such work requires comprehensive and long-term collaboration activities. However, benefits will extend to the international community, thus addressing global grand challenges surrounding these extreme events.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:heatwaves, extremes, natural hazards, Australia, climate change, climate variability
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change processes
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
UTAS Author:White, CJ (Dr Chris White)
UTAS Author:Oliver, ECJ (Dr Eric Oliver)
ID Code:108440
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:66
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2017-11-23

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