Climate drivers of the 2015 Gulf of Carpentaria mangrove dieback

Harris, Todd, Hope, Pandora, Oliver, Eric, Smalley, Robert, Arblaster, Julie, Holbrook, Neil, Duke, Norman, Pearce, Karen, Braganza, Karl, and Bindoff, Nathaniel (2017) Climate drivers of the 2015 Gulf of Carpentaria mangrove dieback. Report. Bureau of Meteorology, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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ESCC Hub researchers investigated the oceanic and atmospheric conditions leading up to the major mangrove dieback in late 2015 to identify potential stressors that contributed to the tree deaths. They found that it was most likely a result of a combination of very dry conditions and lower than average sea level. In combination, it appears that these conditions were unprecedented since at least 1971, and linked to the strong El Niño of 2015/16. More detailed attribution studies are necessary to determine what role, if any, human-induced climate change played in the 2015 dieback event. This would help inform natural resource policy-makers, planners and associated decision-makers about the causes of such events and how they may change into the future.

Item ID: 50134
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: mangrove; habitat; dieback; Gulf of Carpentaria; Queensland; Northern Territory; Australia; impact; climate; sea level drop
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Climate drivers of the 2015 Gulf of Carpentaria mangrove diebackis licensed by the Bureau of meteorology for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia licence. For licence conditions see

Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 01:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 30%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069902 Global Change Biology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961002 Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 40%
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