Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

A note on further changes of sea temperature in the plymouth area

A. J. Southwarda1 and E. I. Butlera1

a1 The Plymouth Laboratory

Monthly sea temperatures are tabulated for Station E1 from 1960 and for Plymouth Sound from 1958. The 70-year series now available shows that annual means increased by 0·75°C up to the 1950s. Since 1960 inshore temperatures have fallen 0·5°C and E1 surface temperatures 0·4°C. Sea-bottom temperatures at E1 increased 0·4°C between 1920 and the 1950s, and have fallen 0·4°C since 1960. The changes have been most marked in the second half of the year, but the last quarter (October-December) is still somewhat warmer than in 1920 and earlier.