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2017 Estuary Research Workshop: Limiting Factors Beyond Nitrogen @ Coastal Institute at University of Rhode Island
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2017 Estuary Research Workshop will focus on nutrients (emphasis on phosphorus) that are potentially limiting in, and detrimental to, the Northeast’s estuaries.

Nitrogen (N) is the primary limiting nutrient in most estuaries and excess N loading often results in eutrophication and poor water quality. Eutrophication degrades water quality resulting in hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and other impacts. There is also evidence for phosphorus (P) limitation in some estuaries, particularly in mid salinity regions during high-flow periods. Narragansett and Chesapeake Bays are two East Coast estuaries with demonstrated seasonal P limitation. While there is an active debate in the scientific literature over the relative importance of N versus P in controlling eutrophication, particularly in freshwater, both the EPA and the European Union encourage consideration of both.

Workshop participants will include researchers, administrators, and advocates who conduct or oversee estuary research and monitoring.

The day will include talks by Robert Howarth, Hans Paerl, and James Ammerman.




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