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Regional Climate Projections for the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelf


Illustration: Historical evidence indicates that ocean temperatures are increasing, as illustrated by this graphic of sea-surface temperature changes off Newfoundland and Labrador (based on data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). A new regional ocean-climate model that is under development for the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelf will provide high-resolution projections of sea-surface temperature and other ocean conditions up to 2069. Illustration Credit: DFO

This project will develop a regional ocean-climate computer model for the Labrador and Newfoundland Shelf to provide high-resolution projections of ocean climate changes for the area from 1970 to 2069.

The model will improve the knowledge of potential changes in environmental conditions over the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelf, including changes in sea level, sea-surface temperature, bottom temperature, salinity, sea ice, currents, and stratification. This will enable the Department's Small Craft Harbours Program and other departmental programs that are reliant on infrastructure to more accurately assess and adapt their activities to climate change. It will also provide valuable knowledge for Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue operations, ecosystem-based science and management, species at risk activities, and international governance in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Program Name

Aquatic Climate Change Adaptation Services Program (ACCASP)


Atlantic: Newfoundland, Labrador Shelves

Principal Investigator(s)

Guoqi Han
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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