Climate Change Effects on the Chesapeake & Delaware Bays
When: June 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The success of efforts to restore the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, two large, degraded estuaries in the Eastern United States, will depend on the future climate of the watersheds of these estuaries. The loads of sediment, nutrients, and organic matter from the land surface to these estuaries, which are strongly influenced by climate variability, have been - and are expected to be - the main drivers of water quality in these estuaries. In this talk, a synthesis is presented of the output of several hydrological and terrestrial biogeochemical models in order to determine the likely range in projected changes in these loads during the 21st century.