Fisheries Research Report No. 221
Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
1035 - 4549
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
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Physical oceanography; Water temperature; Heat shock; Temperature effects; Environmental effects; Fish kill; Sublethal effects; Marine organisms; Climatic changes; Leeuwin Current - Western Australia; Western Australia
Pearce, A, Jackson, G, Moore, J, Feng, M, and Gaughan, D J. (2011), The “marine heat wave” off Western Australia during the summer of 2010/11. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Research Report No. 221.