Figure : heat-wave-in-sea-surface-temperatures-in-the-northwest-atlantic-in-summer-2012

Ocean Heat Wave of 2012

Figure 18.5

Gulf of Maine Research Institute GMRI
Katherine E. Mills

This figure appears in chapter 18 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

The map shows the difference between sea surface temperatures (SST) for June–August 2012 in the Northwest Atlantic and the average values for those months in 1982–2011.1dfd2171-2be3-40b2-a8e2-c0df84ec462a While ocean temperatures during 2012 were exceptionally high compared to the current climate, they were within the range of end-of-century temperatures projected for the region under the higher scenario (RCP8.5). This heat wave affected the Northeast Continental Shelf ecosystem and fisheries, and similar extreme events are expected to become more common in the future (Ch. 9: Oceans). Source: adapted from Mills et al. 2013.1dfd2171-2be3-40b2-a8e2-c0df84ec462a Reprinted with permission from Elsevier.

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