Research

Australian region ocean temperature extremes: past reasons and future risk

  • Research Theme
    Oceans & Cryosphere
  • Cross-disciplinary Theme(s)
    Ocean-Earth System
  • Funded By

    Proposed sub-project within NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (in review)

  • Principal Investigator
  • Project Summary

    Extreme ocean temperatures are linked to climate variability and can substantially impact marine ecosystems. With climate change, the characteristics of ocean temperature extremes are changing. However, we have little knowledge about whether human activities have influenced observed changes in ocean temperature extremes, how these extremes might change in future, or the risks to ecosystems. This project will answer these questions and generate important information about predictable and projected risk of ocean temperature extremes around Australia that will be used to inform marine policy and adaptive management response strategies to help reduce vulnerability for marine ecosystems and the dependent human users.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 30, 2015