Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Changes Linked to Rainfall, Climate Change

May 31, 2012

With all the rain Maine’s been having, it seemed worthwhile to dial back a couple of days and revisit this article from The Free Press:

With half of Maine’s largest rainfall events of the last century occurring in the past seven years, researchers have documented evidence of significant changes in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem directly tied to increased amounts of rainfall and volumes of river discharge.

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the U.S. Geological Survey in Boothbay Harbor undertook the study, which is now in its 12th year. A century of climate and river flow data, plus results from the Gulf of Maine North Atlantic Time Series (GNATS), provide the strongest connection yet between changing conditions on land affecting the amount of phytoplankton in coastal waters.

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