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A catalogue of marine heatwave metrics and trends for the Australian region


Kajtar, JB and Holbrook, NJ and Hernaman, V, A catalogue of marine heatwave metrics and trends for the Australian region, Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science, 71, (3) pp. 284-302. ISSN 2206-5865 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/ES21014


Marine heatwaves around Australia, and globally, have been increasing in their frequency, intensity, and duration. This study reviews and catalogues marine heatwave metrics and trends around Australia since 1982, from near the beginning of the satellite sea-surface temperature observing period. The years in which the longest and strongest marine heatwaves around Australia occurred are also recorded. In addition, we analyse marine heatwaves in selected case study regions, and provide a short review of their associated impacts. These regions include: off the Western Australian coast, Torres Strait, Great Barrier Reef, Tasman Sea, and South Australian Basin. Finally, we provide a brief review of progress in understanding the potential predictability of sea surface temperature changes and marine heatwaves around Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian climate, case studies, extreme events, marine heatwaves, observations, potential predictability, sea surface temperature, trends
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climatology
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:Kajtar, JB (Dr Jules Kajtar)
UTAS Author:Holbrook, NJ (Professor Neil Holbrook)
ID Code:148660
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-02-01
Last Modified:2022-03-10
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