Boiling Over: Marine Heatwaves, What are They and What Can We Expect?

August 10, 2023

Presenters: Dillon Amaya, Climate Research Scientist, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory; Michael Jacox, Research Oceanographer, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Much like we experience periods of extreme and unusual heat in different areas on land, parts of the ocean can experience persistently high water emperatures, also known as marine heatwaves. These extreme events can have devastating impacts on marine ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. The dangerous effects of marine heatwaves have been seen in national marine sanctuaries and by sanctuary users. Interested in finding out more? Take a break from the heat this summer and join us online to learn what marine heatwaves are, why we should care about them, and what we can expect from them in the context of a changing climate and warming ocean.

Education Materials

Marine Heatwaves Slides from Dillon Amaya

Marine Heatwaves Slides from Michael Jacox