Current Conditions of the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem -- Fall 2015 Update

Spring Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced below average sea surface temperatures during the spring of 2015 following the trend of above average temperatures seen during fall into winter seasons.  In the graphs spanning the last half of 2014 and first half of 2015, the long-term mean sea surface temperature (SST) is shown as a dark gray line with areas representing plus and minus one and two standard deviations of the mean as progressive shades of gray, respectively (see figure). SSTs below the long term mean are shown in blue, above the mean in red. The warmest seasonal conditions during the first half of 2015 were found during May into June, below average conditions were widespread in all ecoregions during March into May.

Georges Bank
Gulf of Maine
Mid-Atlantic Bight
Northeast Shelf
Scotian Shelf
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