Published on Nov 14, 2016
Climate Change, Water Quality and Ocean Acidification for the Coastal Ocean along the US Northeast
BU’s Seminar Series on Climate Change
October 18, 2016
Speaker: Scott Doney
Waste Water Discharge
Human-driven climate change inherently affects people and the
environment at regional and local scales. For a variety of reasons,
the coastal boundary between the land and the sea will be especially
vulnerable to ongoing and future climate change and ocean
acidification. Research contributes to identifying and quantifying
impacts, targeting and assessing the efficacy of adaptation
strategies, and providing a framework for discussing trade-offs among
possible solutions with stakeholders. This talk will focus
specifically on examples for the coastal waters of Buzzards Bay, MA
and adjacent ocean continental shelf off of southern New England. A case
study will be presented examining the interplay of climate warming and
nitrogen loading on near-shore coastal water quality.
Bio: My science interests span oceanography, climate and biogeochemistry. Much of my research involves how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change, which may act to either damp or accelerate climate trends. A current focus is on ocean acidification due to the invasion into the ocean of carbon dioxide and other chemicals from fossil fuel burning.
This program is supported in part by a grant to Earth & Environment Professor Dave Marchant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.