Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Maumee Bay” on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Dr. Jay Martin of Ohio State University will discuss predicted climate for the Maumee Basin, how climate change is likely to affect river discharge and harmful algal blooms, and modeling tools that can help people understand the .
The webinar and Q&A session will be held on June 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required – visit greatlakesclimate.com/upcomingwebinar to sign up.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a global problem and have reemerged as a concern in Lake Erie during the last decade. While some have hypothesized HABs in Lake Erie will become more frequent and larger, there are few studies linking predicted climate and watershed models to examine this issue. This talk will describe the methods and results of an ongoing project that links climate models, watershed models and HABs models to predict the frequency and magnitude of HABs through 2099.
Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.
Dr. Jay Martin, Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Ohio State, is an ecological engineer with expertise in both hydrology and ecosystem modeling. His research focuses on interactions between watersheds and downstream ecosystems. Prior to this project investigating connections between water quality in Maumee Bay and the upstream watershed, he completed similar projects in the Sandusky Watershed and Mississippi Delta/Gulf of Mexico. His other areas of research include natural systems for water treatment, small-scale bioenergy production and analyzing ecosystem sustainability.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at changingclimate.osu.edu.
Jill Jentes Banicki
Ohio Sea Grant