Thee ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are rising at a faster rate than expected and climate change may be the culprit.
According to a new analysis by NOAA’s team in Princeton, New Jersey, the northeast Atlantic is projected to warm twice as fast as the previous models projected and nearly three times faster than the global average.
“Prior climate change projections for the region may be far too conservative,” said Vincent Saba, a NOAA fisheries scientist and lead author of the study.
The warming seas could be catastrophic for Maine and cause unexpected issues ranging from bad weather to shrinking fish stocks.
Over the past ten years, the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than 99% of the global ocean.
The full study also appears in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, published by the American Geophysical Union.