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

Kajtar, JB ORCID: 0000-0003-0114-6610, Holbrook, NJ ORCID: 0000-0002-3523-6254 and Hernaman, V 2021 , 'A catalogue of marine heatwave metrics and trends for the Australian region' , Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science, vol. 71, no. 3 , pp. 284-302 , doi:

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kajtar, JB and Holbrook, NJ and Hernaman, V
Keywords: Australian climate, case studies, extreme events, marine heatwaves, observations, potential predictability, sea surface temperature, trends
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ISSN: 2206-5865
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