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Explainer: what is a marine heatwave?

7 June 2018

Marine heatwaves happen when sea temperatures are warmer than normal for an extended period. Warmer waters for swimming and surfing—what’s not to like? Unfortunately, quite a lot. The effect on marine life and the aquaculture industry can be devastating. So what causes marine heatwaves and should we expect to see more of them?

Explainer: tidal range—the difference between high and low tide around Australia

26 February 2018

Tidal range varies dramatically around our coastline, averaging from less than a metre in southwest Australia to a whopping 11 metres in the northwest. So why the difference and why do boaters, fishers, and anyone who enjoys coastal activities need to know about it?

Explainer: king tides

2 January 2018

They're natural, predictable, and ancient, but so-called 'king' tides hit the headlines time and again. What causes these tides, how will you know one is coming and what happens to our coastlines when they coincide with severe weather?

Weather data from the seas: the Australian Voluntary Observing Fleet

28 September 2017

A worldwide network of 4000 ships supplies ocean weather data to international weather agencies. The data are transmitted around the globe for the purposes of forecasting, which in return benefits the safety of life at sea and ocean navigation. The observations are also archived as a long-term record of the world's climate.

Cold water shock: be prepared before boating

2 June 2017

Falling into cold water (under 15 °C) can have extreme effects on your body and its ability to function—and these can kick in much faster than you think. If you participate in water activities you need to be prepared for these risks all year round.

The 'Ekman transport' effect-cold water upwelling on Australian coastlines

15 February 2017

Have you ever gone to the beach to find the water much colder than the day before? A range of factors influence sea surface temperatures in coastal waters. This article looks at the 'Ekman transport' effect—a wind-driven process that brings colder water to the coastline.

Don't get caught out: check the weather before you go rock fishing

09 December 2016

Rock fishing is a popular recreational activity but it's also one of Australia's most dangerous sports. In fact, on just a small strip of Sydney's coast, the activity has claimed the lives of 17 people in the past decade. To increase safety along the State's coastline the New South Wales Government recently announced a 12-month trial of mandatory life jackets for rock fishers in Randwick.

Ruling the waves: How a simple wave height concept can help you judge the size of the sea

17 December 2015

Predicting the size of the wind-generated waves that roll in from the sea around Australia is not as hard as you might think - especially if you understand the concept of 'significant wave height'.

Going with the flow: Why it pays to check the tides before heading for your favourite rock fishing spot

15 December 2015

Much has been written about the dangers of big waves for people fishing on exposed rock platforms. But it's also worth keeping a wary eye on the tides, which can sneak up on the unsuspecting angler.

Six sun safety tips whilst boating

15 December 2015

If you're a fan of outdoor activities, you're more likely to suffer sunburn and skin damage. Boaters are no exception. We all need to learn about the potentially dangerous effects of ultraviolet radiation and the steps we can take to limit our exposure.

Marine weather safety awareness month 2015

08 December 2015

Boating is a fun activity that many Australians enjoy on our oceans, bays, rivers and lakes. As conditions can change quickly, knowing what weather you are headed into is the key to a safe and enjoyable journey.

On a roll: MetEye adds new swell maps and wave forecasts to skippers' planning toolbox

14 September 2015

Three new features on the Bureau's map-based weather viewer provide a comprehensive voyage planning service for Australian boat skippers.

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