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December 2007-January 2008 ESIP Journal

Gary Lines, Environment Canada, preparing data sets depicting future climate change. Photo Courtesy of Anne Warburton, Environment Canada, Nov 07.

In this journal entry, Gary Lines, a meteorologist with the Climate Change Section of Environment Canada Atlantic, reports on the role of climate change research in informing habitat decision-making.

“Understanding the impact of climate change has always been a collaborative research effort and that is most evident in current work on climate change indicators for the Ecosystem Indicators Partnership (ESIP). Climate researchers at the University of New Hampshire, communications experts at non-profit Clean Air Cool Planet and atmospheric scientists at Environment Canada expanded work that had begun as a study of climate trends in the Northeast United States.”

“The results covered a geographical area that included the northeast US as well as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island thus treating that area as a unified region with respect to climatological change. Such results will help inform ecosystem managers of these changes so that it can be incorporated in planning procedures for the next 25-50 year timeframe.”

This group’s research included data supplied by Environment Canada as well as results Lines and his colleagues had generated for the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Such research is an important contribution to the efforts of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. In the Council’s Action Plan 2007-2012, Goal 1 (“Coastal and marine habitats are in a healthy, productive and resilient condition”) contains at least seven separate activities directly related to expanding our understanding of climate change in the marine environment.

What are the next steps for this group? The Indicator results will be expanded to include future projections and profiled to reflect changes that would direct impact on many of the Gulf of Maine habitat priorities. As Chair of the Climate Change working Group in ESIP, Mr. Lines will continue to bring the Canadian perspective to the table and collaborate with US colleagues in generating relevant results for the Gulf of Maine Marine Environment. For more information, contact Gary Lines at 902-426-5739.

Other News in the Gulf of Maine & Bay of Fundy

Past Journals

Febuary 2015ESIP releases new smartphone app connecting people in the Gulf of Maine and watershed to the science happening all around them.

November 2015The launch of a marine debris program in the Bay of Fundy.

September 2015Climate Change Products for Atlantic Canada.

July 2015An update from the April 2015 State of the Bays Symposium in Massachusetts.

June 2015Learn about NH Department of Environmental Services' work with 65 volunteers to improve beach grass coverage at Hampton Beach State Park.

May 2015Nova Scotia recently released risk ratings for storm serge and sea level rise for all portions of the Province - this journal summarizes the findings

April 2015Learn about an exciting project between ESIP and EPA that seeks to unravel upstream pressures on downstream estuaries

February 2015Meet the new Project Leader for the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program in Falmouth, Maine - Jed Wright.

January 2015New Smart Tour of Great Marsh - largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann in Massachusetts to New Hampshire

December 2014The American Lobster Settlement Index is an important project that assesses current lobster fishery condition in both Canada and the US. The dataset is current and available through the ESIP Indicator Reporting Tool

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