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Coastal climate of northwest Australia and comparisons with the Great Barrier Reef: 1960 to 1992

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dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en
dc.contributor.author LOUGH, JM
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dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T00:54:28Z
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dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-09T01:02:57Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:45:17Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-28T06:45:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T00:54:28Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-09T01:02:57Z
dc.date.issued 1998-12-01
dc.identifier 3507 en
dc.identifier.citation Lough JM (1999) Coastal climate of northwest Australia and comparisons with the Great Barrier Reef:1960 to 1992. Coral Reefs. 17: 351-367. en
dc.identifier.issn 0722-4028
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/3507
dc.description.abstract Significant coral reef ecosystems occur along the northwest (NW) coast of Australia in an oceanographic setting somewhat similar to that of the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast (NE) Australian coast. Seasonal and inter-annual variations of several surface climate variables are described for the NW coastal region of Australia from 10 degrees-30 degrees S over the period 1960 to 1992. Average climatic conditions in this region are compared with those for similar latitudes on the Great Barrier Reef. On average, sea surface temperatures (SSTs) along the NW Australian coast are warmer than at similar latitudes along the NE coast north of similar to 20 degrees S and cooler than the NE coast at higher latitudes. The annual range of SSTs along the NW coast is lower than found along the NE coast. There is also lower average cloud amount (and greater incoming solar radiation) along the NW coast compared with the NE coast. Corals reefs off the NW Australian coast are less likely to be influenced by freshwater and associated terrestrial impacts than nearshore reefs of the GBR. Although the latitudinal distribution of tropical cyclone activity is similar along the NW and NE Australian coasts, the total number of tropical cyclones and tropical cyclone days is substantially higher on the NW coast compared with the NE coast.
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.relation.ispartof Coral Reefs - pages: 17: 351-367 en
dc.subject Great Barrier Reef
dc.subject Marine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject Nw Australia
dc.subject Coral
dc.subject Temperature
dc.subject Indian-ocean
dc.subject Climate
dc.subject Coral Reefs
dc.title Coastal climate of northwest Australia and comparisons with the Great Barrier Reef: 1960 to 1992
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000077903400007


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