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dc.contributor.authorOliver, Eric C. J.
dc.contributor.authorBurrows, Michael T.
dc.contributor.authorDonat, Markus
dc.contributor.authorGupta, Alex Sen
dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Lisa V.
dc.contributor.authorPerkins-Kirkpatrick, Sarah E.
dc.contributor.authorBenthuysen, Jessica A.
dc.contributor.authorHobday, Alistair J.
dc.contributor.authorHolbrook, Neil J.
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Pippa J.
dc.contributor.authorThomsen, Mads S.
dc.contributor.authorWernberg, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorSmale, Dan A.
dc.contributor.otherBarcelona Supercomputing Center
dc.identifier.citationOliver, E.C.J. [et al.]. Projected marine heatwaves in the 21st century and the potential for ecological impact. "Frontiers in Marine Science", 2019, vol. 6, 734.
dc.description.abstractMarine heatwaves (MHWs) are extreme climatic events in oceanic systems that can have devastating impacts on ecosystems, causing abrupt ecological changes and socioeconomic consequences. Several prominent MHWs have attracted scientific and public interest, and recent assessments have documented global and regional increases in their frequency. However, for proactive marine management, it is critical to understand how patterns might change in the future. Here, we estimate future changes in MHWs to the end of the 21st century, as simulated by the CMIP5 global climate model projections. Significant increases in MHW intensity and count of annual MHW days are projected to accelerate, with many parts of the ocean reaching a near-permanent MHW state by the late 21st century. The two greenhouse gas (GHG) emission scenarios considered (Representative Concentration Pathway 4.5 and 8.5) strongly affect the projected intensity of MHW events, the proportion of the globe exposed to permanent MHW states, and the occurrence of the most extreme MHW events. Comparison with simulations of a natural world, without anthropogenic forcing, indicate that these trends have emerged from the expected range of natural variability within the first half of the 21st century. This discrepancy implies a degree of “anthropogenic emergence,” with a departure from the natural MHW conditions that have previously shaped marine ecosystems for centuries or even millennia. Based on these projections we expect impacts on marine ecosystems to be widespread, significant and persistent through the 21st century.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the Australian Research Council grants CE170100023 and FT170100106, Natural Environment Research Council International Opportunity Fund NE/N00678X/1, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant RGPIN-2018-05255, and Brian Mason (Impacts of an unprecedented marine heatwave). This project was partially supported through funding from the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program.
dc.format.extent12 p.
dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Desenvolupament humà i sostenible::Degradació ambiental::Canvi climàtic
dc.subject.lcshClimatic changes
dc.subject.lcshBiotic communities
dc.subject.otherMarine heatwave
dc.subject.otherClimate change
dc.subject.otherExtreme events
dc.subject.otherGlobal climate models
dc.titleProjected marine heatwaves in the 21st century and the potential for ecological impact
dc.subject.lemacCanvis climàtics
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.description.versionPostprint (published version)
local.citation.publicationNameFrontiers in Marine Science

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