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Icefield-to-ocean linkages across the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem

March 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Webinar Date:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Eran Hood (University of Alaska Southeast) and Shad O’Neel (USGS Alaska Science Center)

Rates of glacier mass loss in the northern Pacific coastal temperate rainforest (PCTR) are among the highest on Earth, and changes in glacier volume and extent will impact the flow regime and chemistry of coastal rivers, as well as the nearshore marine ecosystem of the Gulf of Alaska. In this talk we will summarize the physical, chemical and biological linkages that characterize the northern PCTR ecosystem, with particular emphasis on the potential impacts of glacier change in the coastal mountain ranges on the surface-water hydrology, biogeochemistry, coastal oceanography and aquatic ecology.