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OSU Climate Change Webinar

Jun 24, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The OSU Climate Change Webinar welcomes Jay Martin, professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who will present Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Maumee Bay.

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.

This webinar will describe:
  • Predicted climate for the Maumee Basin through 2099
  • How climate change is likely to affect river discharge and harmful algal blooms in western Lake Erie
  • Modeling tools that can help people understand and manage the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change
The webinar is free. To register click here. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.
Dr. 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 to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. Participating OSU departments include Ohio Sea Grant College Program & Stone Laboratory; Ohio State's Office of Research; the Ohio Supercomputer Center; Extension; School of Environment and Natural Resources; OSU Extension Watershed Program; Byrd Polar Research Center; Department of Geography; Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics; Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; Carbon, Water, and Climate Program; and OARDC.