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Surface Water Dynamics and Environmental Change at the Subcontinental Scale

Surface Water Dynamics and Environmental Change at the Subcontinental Scale

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Mirela Tulbure (University of New South Wales)

Our Thursday seminars are open to SERC staff and the public. Since they are aimed at a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures.

Pre-registration Required
No

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Summary:

Surface water is a critical resource in semi-arid areas. In Australia, competing water demands, combined with changes in climate and land use as well as multi-year droughts, such as the Millennium Drought that ended in 2009, have led to water shortages, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). The MDB is a large (more than 1 million km2), semi-arid basin that experiences extreme hydroclimatic variability and competing water demands, of high economic importance given that it accounts for 40 percent of Australia’s gross value in agricultural production.

In this seminar, Dr. Tulbure will present (1) the development of a statistically validated surface water and flooding extent dynamics data set (SWD) based on 3 decades (1986-2011) of seasonally continuous Landsat TM and ETM + archives and generic random forest-based models, and ongoing applications of the SWD, including (2) the quantification of key drivers of surface water extent dynamics, (3) spatiotemporal connectivity dynamics, and (4) vegetation response to flooding, including river red gum communities, an iconic riparian eucalyptus species that has suffered dieback.  

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Resilience and Restoration of Aquatic Plants in Chesapeake Bay

Resilience and Restoration of Aquatic Plants in Chesapeake Bay

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Dr. Katia Engelhardt, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Pre-registration Required
No

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Katia Engelhardt. (Credit: Katie Kline)

Unless you have done some exploring, chances are you may have missed an amazing display that unfolds below the surface of the Chesapeake Bay. Despite their inconspicuous nature, submersed aquatic plants pack a punch for affecting the health of aquatic ecosystems and protecting shorelines. They provide fish and shellfish habitat, buffer shorelines, and clean the water. This presentation will take you on a tour of underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay, provide an overview of trends, and provide optimism (infused with a dose of caution) for their restoration, recovery and resilience.

SERC's 2017 Bay Optimism lecture series explores environmental success stories, and what's working in conservation in Chesapeake Bay and the lands around it. Evening lectures run every third Tuesday of the month from March through October, in the Schmidt Conference Center, unless otherwise noted. Doors open at 6:30 with light refreshments. Lectures began at 7pm, followed by Q&A. Our evening lectures are free and open to all—no preregistration required!

7:00PM - 8:00PM
 
 
Environmental Policy and International Development: A Retooled Ecologist's View

Environmental Policy and International Development: A Retooled Ecologist's View

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Cener

Speaker: Dr. Alexis Erwin (United States Agency for International Development)

Our Thursday seminars are open to SERC staff and the public. Since they are aimed at a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures.

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Summary: Most scientists think science should inform environmental policy and international development that affects natural systems. Fewer scientists have been trained in such engagement, which can be daunting given the plethora of complex problems and variety of decision-making contexts. This talk will highlight three cases (clean energy policy at the state level, agricultural development in Asia, and environmental safeguards in Africa) as the basis for broader lessons in retooling ecologists for lives beyond the lab.

Biography: Dr. Erwin is the Senior Analyst and Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Multilateral Development Bank Team of USAID. She leads reviews of the adverse environmental and social impacts of development projects, such as hydropower dams and roads through protected areas. Her training includes a AAAS Fellowship, postdoctoral work at the International Rice Research Institute, a Ph.D. from Cornell, and an Sc.B. from Brown. See her advice to graduate students on the Integration and Implementation Insights blog.

 

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