Publication Date

9-2011

Series Number

Fisheries Research Report No. 221

Publisher

Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries

ISBN

978-1-921845-25-3

ISSN

1035 - 4549

Abstract

Water temperatures off the south-western coast of Western Australia rose to unprecedented levels during February and March 2011, and this warming event has been termed a “marine heat wave”. While surface temperatures were more than 3°C above the long-term monthly average over an extended area in February 2011, the temperature in some localised areas in coastal waters exceeded the long-term monthly average by 5°C for periods of a day or two in late February/early March

Number of Pages

40

Keywords

Physical oceanography; Water temperature; Heat shock; Temperature effects; Environmental effects; Fish kill; Sublethal effects; Marine organisms; Climatic changes; Leeuwin Current - Western Australia; Western Australia

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