Ecosystems Dynamics & Assessment : Current Conditions (Fall 2016)

Spring Sea Surface Temperature - Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

The Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem experienced average sea surface temperatures during the spring of 2016 following the trend of above average temperatures seen during fall into winter seasons. In the graphs spanning the last half of 2015 and first half of 2016, 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 figures). SSTs below the long term mean are shown in blue; above the mean are shown in red. The warmest seasonal conditions during the first half of 2016 were found in the northern segments of the Northeast Shelf and at or below average in the Middle Atlantic Bight

Georges Bank
Gulf of Maine
Middle Atlantic Bight
Northeast Shelf
Scotian Shelf
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(File Modified Apr. 19 2017)