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Manuscript Submission Deadline 01 April 2022
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 01 May 2022

Marine heatwave (MHW) science is advancing rapidly, with considerable progress in measuring and characterising surface marine heatwaves, explaining past changes and future projections, understanding physical mechanisms and large scale drivers and linking MHWs to ecological impacts. However, MHWs rarely occur ...

Marine heatwave (MHW) science is advancing rapidly, with considerable progress in measuring and characterising surface marine heatwaves, explaining past changes and future projections, understanding physical mechanisms and large scale drivers and linking MHWs to ecological impacts. However, MHWs rarely occur in isolation or just at the ocean surface, and substantial gaps remain in our understanding of how they interact with other extremes, biological systems and socioeconomic systems. For example, do marine heatwaves occur with other extremes – marine or atmospheric – and what are the drivers and impacts of such compound events? How do heatwaves evolve in the subsurface ocean, and affect deep ecosystems? How do marine heatwaves interact with biogeochemical cycles, life cycle events or human management practices, or how are interactions between marine heatwaves and fisheries driving human systems?

The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together advances on how marine heatwaves interact with other physical, chemical, biological or socio-ecological processes and events. We invite papers from a broad range of disciplines, including physical oceanography, climate science, marine ecology, marine chemistry, fisheries science, mariculture, atmospheric science, geography, sociology, economics, psychology, or other disciplines focused on socio-ecological systems. We encourage submissions that are interdisciplinary. We also encourage submissions that focus on compound events associated with marine heatwaves and/or their impacts, as well as case studies on specific marine heatwaves and their various interactions with other extreme events, impacts, and/or processes.

Examples of submissions might include:
- New understanding of the physical drivers of MHWs
- Compound events: how MHWs interact or reinforce other weather or biogeochemical extremes
- The measurement and evolution of subsurface MHWs
- MHW impacts on species, ecosystems and human systems
- Responding to and planning for the negative impacts of MHWs
- MHW effects on the Blue Economy
- Socio-ecological regime shifts associated with MHWs

Keywords: Marine heatwaves, compound events, marine ecology, climate change, human interactions, climate extremes, climate variability, physical processes


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