Professor Neil Holbrook will outline our current understanding of physics and nature of marine heatwaves
- Professor Neil Holbrook
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.
Neil Holbrook is Professor of Ocean and Climate Dynamics and Head of the Centre for Oceans and Cryosphere within the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at UTAS. Prof Holbrook uses his expertise in ocean and climate dynamics on sub-seasonal to multi-centennial time scales to better diagnose the important mechanisms underpinning climate variability and extremes, and climate change. His current research focuses on understanding the causes and predictability of marine heatwaves, based on the analysis of observations and a hierarchy of model complexities and experiments. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science.
This talk will be screened via Zoom: https://utas.zoom.us/j/87885892491