Changing ocean temperatures are affecting marine ecosystems and habitats around the world. Melting polar ice sheets release freshwater into the ocean that can affect ocean salinity, while changing water temperatures can affect species distribution, reproduction, and growth. Increasing water temperatures around Newfoundland and Labrador over the past two decades appear to be more favorable for some species such as Atlantic cod, however, it appears to be having a negative impact on the abundance of other species such as snow crab and shrimp.
This application was created by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. It is designed to provide a broad overview of how climate change is impacting Newfoundland and Labrador, and facilitate meeting curriculum outcomes for the high school course Environmental Science 3205.