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Webinar: Prolonged Marine Heatwaves in the Arctic: 1982−2020
Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 3:00
Abstract: This study presents the marine heatwaves (MHWs) in the Arctic and vicinity during 1982'2020. Our analyses indicated that the MHWs in the Arctic were as strong as in the other ocean basins. The annual intensity, duration, frequency, and areal coverage of MHWs increased significantly during 2000"2020, in comparison with those during 1982"2000, due to a warmer climate in the later periods. These MHWs generally started from mid-July to early August during 1982'2020. In contrast, they ended in mid-August during 1982"2000, early September during 2000"2010, and late September during 2010"2020, indicating prolonged MHW seasons in the recent decades. Our analyses suggest that the increase of MHW activities in the Arctic was attributed to the warm advection from the continents to the Arctic Ocean and reduced ice concentration.
Bio(s): Dr. Boyin Huang joined NOAA/NCEI in January 2011 working on ERSST, NOAAGlobalTemp, and OISST. He was an oceanographer in Climate Prediction Center (2004- 2010) worked on climate analysis and global ocean monitoring. He was a research scientist in the Center for Research on the Changing Earth System, Columbia, Maryland (2002-2004) worked on the impacts of the atmospheric freshwater on the oceans. He did the post-doc study in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000-2002) on the oceanic roles in global warming. He received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography in University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000); M.S. in atmospheric dynamics in Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China (1987); and B.S. in meteorology in Nanjing University, China (1984). He was recognized as DOC Outstanding Science and Data Management Employee of the Year 2017, NOAA The Employee of the Month "September 2015, awarded NOAA Bronze Medals" 2019 & 2016 and DOC Gold Medal " 2016. He published 67 papers (38 as the first author) in peer-reviewed journals.