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Historical changes in lake ice-out dates as indicators of climate change in New England, 1850-2000

International Journal of Climatology

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DOI: 10.1002/joc.857

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Abstract

Various studies have shown that changes over time in spring ice-out dates can be used as indicators of climate change. Ice-out dates from 29 lakes in New England (USA) with 64 to 163 years of record were assembled and analysed for this study. Ice-out dates have become significantly earlier in New England since the 1800s. Changes in ice-out dates between 1850 and 2000 were 9 days and 16 days in the northern/mountainous and southern regions of New England respectively. The changes in the ice-out data over time were very consistent within each of the two regions of New England, and more consistent than four air-temperature records in each region. The ice-out dates of the two regions had a different response to changes in air temperature. The inferred late winter-early spring air-temperature warming in both regions of New England since 1850, based on linear regression analysis, was about 1.5 ??C. Published in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Historical changes in lake ice-out dates as indicators of climate change in New England, 1850-2000
Series title:
International Journal of Climatology
DOI:
10.1002/joc.857
Volume
22
Issue:
15
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1819
Last page:
1827
Number of Pages:
9