Scientists eye offshore wind’s effects on the Atlantic’s crucial cold pool

By National Wind Watch Scientists are rushing to understand how New Jersey’s planned offshore wind farms might alter the mid-Atlantic cold pool, home to some of the most valuable shellfish fisheries in the United States. Every year, as the surface water temperature off the United States’ mid-Atlantic coast rises steadily from late spring through the summer, a pocket of uncharacteristically cool and crisp water gets trapped at the bottom of the ocean. Packed with nutrients, this thick band of cold water, known as the . . .

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