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Global system needed ‘to monitor and predict marine heatwaves’

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Tasmania leads coordinated international effort to develop a reliable warning system

The University of Tasmania is leading an international research team that aims to develop a reliable global system to predict marine heatwaves caused by climate change.

Neil Holbrook, an oceanographer with the university’s institute for marine and Antarctic studies, said the global average number of marine heatwave days had increased by more than 50 per cent over the past century. Their frequency is expected to increase further as climate change affects ocean systems.

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