Detecting Climate Change in Long Island Sound

The adaptive management of the resources of Long Island Sound (LIS) requires on-going observations to characterize the variability and change of the environment and ecosystem it supports. It is critical that changes that result from local human activities (and therefore can potentially be regulated) be separated from those that are a consequence of natural cycles and global scale processes. In this project we assembled, reviewed, and analyzed existing measurements from Long Island Sound and its watershed to determine whether changes that have been observed at the global scale have discernible and important impacts in the region. We ave also created a web site to share the results and distribute data that will facilitate further research on long term changes in the Long Island Sound ecosystem.

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