Summer in the Gulf of Maine

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Jessica

Researchers at the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences have found that summer is coming to the Gulf of Maine, and it’s looking like it will be longer and warmer than ever. The Gulf of Maine is warming at a faster rate than 99.9 percent of the rest of the world’s oceans, and that the increase is much stronger from June to October than it is in the winter months. Summer is defined as the number of days that are above a specific temperature each year. The number of days has been steadily increasing throughout this region.

This warming trend may seem like it could be a nice thing for those who like to go to the beach, but could have negative impacts for a lot of the species that live in the Gulf of Maine. Temperature is important because it impacts the behavior and distribution of many species that live here, including lobster, cod, and herring. These temperature changes could cause for the populations to move where they live, and try to find cooler waters. These longer ocean summers can cause for there to be less nutrients available throughout the water, which can affect the entire marine food web. If you want to check out the sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, check out the link to the NOAA website below by clicking the water temperature link on the right side of the map!

Summer in the Gulf of Maine


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