Bruce Peninsula National Park

Climate Change and How It Effects The National Park

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Important Park Features

Where Is It?

Ontario

Coordinates - 45.16°N, 81.52°W

In the St.Lawrence Lowlands

At the north end of the Niagara Escarpment

What Does The Park Look Like

Size - 154km²

Extensive karst formations, cliffs, beaches and wetlands

Habitat for over 300 bird species and wide variety of other flora and fauna

Projected Temperature Change

Spring - +1.8 to +6.0

Summer - +1.0 to +5.0

Autumn - +2.0 to +3.0

Winter - +2.0 to +7.0

Projected Precipitation Increase

Spring - +6.0 +24.0

Summer - -14.0 to +6.0

Autumn - -17.0 to +7.0

Winter - -2.0 to +17.0

Lake and Stream Temperatures Will Rise

This change will result in:

-A change of 5-6 days of time for the freeze- up or break-up

-Change aquatic life

-The protection the winter ice provides for the shoreline will lessen

Decrease in Summer and Fall Precioitation

-Increased drought conditions

-Increased forest fire risks (increase the fire-weather index by 1.5 - 2.0)

-Reduction of park vegetation (including 43 species of orchids).

Average Level of Lake Huron Will Decrease

- Projected to decrease between 1.3 and 2.5m

- Reduces erosion on beaches

-Dry marshes and fens bordering the shoreline

Sources

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