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
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.