Dataset: WAMSI 2 - Kimberley Node - Project 2.2.7 Climate modelling


In this project (Kimberley Marine Research Project 2.2.7), historical data and numerical models have been used to identify the climate sensitivity of the Kimberley coast (Western Australia) to interannual and decadal climate variability in the Pacific and Indian Ocean over the past several decades, especially on the variability of ocean temperature, precipitation and salinity, sea level, and shelf current associated with El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Indian Ocean Dipole, and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. These analyses have provided the background understanding of the marine environment off the whole northwest shelf including the Kimberley coast and Scott Reef, to improve the predictability of climate-driven environmental variability, especially extreme events such as marine heatwaves. We have also utilised ocean downscaling models to project future climate change impacts on the marine environment such as the ocean temperature and internal wave characteristics. Key scientific findings from this project include:

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