The waters of the northeastern coast of the United States show large-scale changes, including an accelerated rate of sea level rise and signs of collapsing fisheries. According to a study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, water temperatures are rising, with warming since 2002 occurring 15 times faster than in the previous century. Warming is occurring throughout the water column, and warming is occurring faster as time progresses. Researchers are uncertain if this is decadal variability, or represents a long-term trend.
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