Call for papers: “Oceanography of the 2015/16 El Niño and global impacts on tropical marine ecosystems”

Dear colleagues

The Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans is now accepting papers in a Special Issue on the oceanography of the recent El Ni?o and its impacts on tropical marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs.  We have kept the scope intentionally broad, and would welcome papers that focus on the event at any range of possible scales (e.g. from ocean basin down to reef-scales) as well multi-disciplinary studies that address any biophysical aspects.

A summary of the Special Issue is included below and manuscripts can be submitted at the following link:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me

“Oceanography of the 2015/16 El Ni?o and global impacts on tropical marine ecosystems”

During 2015/16 the world experienced one of its largest El Ni?o events on record, which resulted in severe ocean warming throughout the world’s tropical oceans and had far-reaching impacts on many of the world’s tropical marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs such as The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Although the ocean warming associated with the El Ni?o was driven by large-scale coupled ocean-atmosphere processes (order thousands to tens of thousands of km), which elevated near-surface temperatures across the world’s ocean basins, there was also substantial regional (order 100 km) and smaller-scale (order km or less) variability in the warming patterns that led to considerable spatial variability in the thermally-driven impacts on marine ecosystems. This is possible because local ocean temperature variability depends on a combination of local and remote heat transfer processes across this wide range of spatial and temporal scales. For example, the dynamics of ocean bou
ndary currents, upwelling, tidal mixing, and anomalous air-sea heat exchange all have the potential to alter both local ocean heat budgets. The goal of this Special Section is bring together the latest international research into the oceanography of the 2015/16 El Ni?o event, and how oceanographic processes across these scales contributed to warming patterns that severely impacted tropical marine ecosystems.

Professor Ryan Lowe
Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans
ARC Future Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
School of Earth and Environment and UWA Oceans Institute
University of Western Australia
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