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Articles on marine topics from the Bureau’s blog.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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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