Webinar: Investigations of the effects of human inputs on acidification & deoxygenation in the Southern California Bight

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12-1pm EDT

Abstract: The southern California Current System is especially vulnerable to ocean acidification, deoxygenation (OAH), all of which are exacerbated by global climate change. Management of local pollution sources, increasing ecosystem resilience and investment in bioremediation are all strategies specifically identified to address OAH in the California Ocean Protection Council’s (OPC)Strategic Plan (2020; theplan can be found here). Disentangling the magnitude and interaction of local pollution, climate change and the biophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks requires an integrated system modeling approach carefully validated against available datasets. It also requires a patient application of this modeling system to drive management conversations about climate change adaptation and local pollution management. Other ingredients to this solution include an active and engaged stakeholder community and scientific consensus on the import of these changes to nearshore biological communities. This talk presents a case study of how a multidisciplinary team of scientists and managers are assembling the scientific ingredients to California’s strategic response to climate change and its impact on OAH nearshore,including the proliferation of coastal harmful algal blooms in the Southern California Bight, a large marine embayment on the US West Coast.
Speakers: Fayçal Kessouri, Ph.D. and Martha Sutula. Ph.D., Biogeochemistry Department, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa CA

Co-Authors: Jim McWilliams, Curtis Deutsch, Daniele Bianchi, Nina Bednarsek, Evan Howard, Lionel Renault, Karen McLaughlin, Richard Feely, Simone Alin, Richard Ambrose, Stephen Weisberg, Mark Gold

Where: Via webinar only (see login info below; no conference room gathering due to Corona virus precaution)

Sponsor(s): Beth Turner, NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Erica Ombres, NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), and NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) science seminar coordinator Tracy Gill.

Webinar Access: Please register at: https://noaabroadcast.adobeconnect.com/sccwrp/event/registration.html
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Questions? Email Tracy.Gill@noaa.gov

About the Speakers: Dr.Fayçal Kessouri is a senior scientist in SCCWRP’s Biogeochemistry Department, specializing in numerical ocean modeling of biogeochemistry and lower trophic ecosystem. His present research efforts focus on investigations of regional impact of terrestrial and atmospheric inputs and large-scale upwelling variability on acidification,deoxygenation and harmful algal blooms within the California Current System along the North American West Coast. Previous research experience includes multiple programs of observational campaigns and numerical modeling in the Mediterranean Sea, studying the deep convection process, fronts and eddies dynamics, and their impact on nutrient distribution and plankton responses. He received his M.S in oceanography from University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 2012 and Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier in 2015. He joined SCCWRP in 2016.

Dr. Martha Sutula is head of the Biogeochemistry Department at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (SCCWRP), a non-profit research institute is to enhance the scientific foundation for management of Southern California’s ocean and coastal watersheds. Dr. Sutula oversees research related to eutrophication and harmful algal blooms in streams, lakes, estuaries and nearshore waters, tracking sources and fate of nutrients including stormwater and atmospheric deposition, and water quality modeling. Beyond her research activities, she focuses on linking science to management. Examples of this include her work as lead scientist to the California State Water Resources Control Board providing support to develop nutrient management (e.g. nutrient criteria, TMDLs) She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry (with Honors) from Purdue University, her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University. She joined SCCWRP in 2001.

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