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Climate change drives warming in the Hudson River Estuary, New York (USA)

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Abstract

Estuaries may be subject to warming due to global climate change but few studies have considered the drivers or seasonality of warming empirically. We analyzed temperature trends and rates of temperature change over time for the Hudson River estuary using long-term data, mainly from daily measures taken at the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility. This temperature record is among the longest in the world for a river or estuary. The Hudson River has warmed 0.945 °C since 1946. Many of the warmest years in the record occurred in the last 16 years. A seasonal analysis of trends indicated significant warming for the months of April through August. The warming of the Hudson is primarily related to increasing air temperature. Increasing freshwater discharge into the estuary has not mitigated the warming trend.

Graphical abstract: Climate change drives warming in the Hudson River Estuary, New York (USA)

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The article was received on 20 Jan 2011, accepted on 03 Jun 2011 and first published on 30 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10053J
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2011,13, 2321-2327
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    Climate change drives warming in the Hudson River Estuary, New York (USA)

    D. A. Seekell and M. L. Pace, J. Environ. Monit., 2011, 13, 2321
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10053J

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