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Heatwaves in the Ocean – Really?

Time: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 6:00pm

Location: Online

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We are all familiar with heatwaves in the atmosphere – right? We know them as extreme hot air temperatures that last for at least a few days and which can cause serious heat stress to us as humans, and other living organisms, if exposure to these hot extremes is not managed or mitigated by, for example, rest, shelter, hydration and/or cooling strategies. But what about in the ocean? It turns out that heatwaves can also occur in the ocean and shallow-water marine environments, which can also have devastating consequences for marine ecosystems and organisms. This talk will outline our current understanding from recent research around the physics of marine heatwaves.

Tags: Environment, Marine Environment, Climate Emergency