Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Climate change

Introduction to the park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park was established in 1936. This national park is located in Nova Scotia, Canada. The specific point at which it is located is 46.69 degrees North and 60.81 degrees West. The size of the park is 948 kilometers squared

Important Features of the Park

Some important features of this park are that it is a maritime Acadian highlands natural region. This park has highland barrens and bogs. This park features steep headlands and rocky beaches. Cape Breton is home to 15 rare and endangered species. There are many kinds of nesting shorebirds such as Puffins, Gannets and Terns
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Projected Climate Change

temperature increase in degrees Celsius

Spring: +2.0 to +4.0

Summer: +1.0 to +4.0

Fall: +2.0 to +4.0

Winter: +2.0 to +5.0

precipitation in millimeters

Spring: -2.0 to +19.0

Summer: -26.0 to +7.0

Fall: 0.0 to +13.0

Winter: +4.0 to +24.0

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Impact of Climate Change on the National Park

The first predicted impact on the climate is that there will be a relative increase in temperature in the area throughout the year. The second predicted change is that there is an expected increase in precipitation in the winter and fall. The final predicted change is that there will be an increase of sea level by about 0.5 meters. Some specific impacts are that the barrier complex at Aspy Bay will be permanently inundated or it will become a low marshland. There will also be an increase in storm frequency on the coast. Finally there will be an increase in the growth rate of the coniferous trees due to global warming.