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Quantifying Tidally Driven Transport in the Jordan River Estuary

June 4, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Dr. Lauren Ross joins the College of the Atlantic Seminar on Climate Change 2019 Speaker Series with a presentation on the dynamics of the Jordan River estuary in Trenton, Maine. Cosponsored by the Human Ecology Forum.

The Jordan River is host to both mussel and clam harvesting activities. These local aquaculture operations are susceptible to point-source pollution and freshwater runoff-induced closures, which are inherently linked to the dynamics of the estuary.

Ross’s work aims to characterize the circulation patterns in the estuary to identify the controls of material transport in this system. To understand how quickly tidal and subtidal currents move, Dr. Ross uses a combination of in-situ collected, analytical, and numerical data. Her work helps improve understanding of the hydrodynamic conditions in the estuary and determine the implications of estuary dynamics on water quality.

Lauren Ross is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Maine. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of North Florida, an M.S. in applied mathematics from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in coastal and oceanographic engineering from the University of Florida. Her research involves collecting data from the field and using a variety of modeling techniques, with sites ranging from the fjords of Chilean Patagonia to the hyper-turbid estuaries of Western Europe.

The Seminar on Climate Change 2019 speaker series encompasses researchers from a variety of disciplines to address anthropogenic and deep-time climate change. The series is a companion to the course Seminar on Climate Change, taught by Earth-Scientist Dr. Sarah Hall, and aims to expose students to a wide range of research and communication about climate change, this year with a theme of water. The speaker series is sponsored by the Anne M. and Robert T. Bass Geoscience Chair Fund. The full list of speakers can be viewed here: https://www.coa.edu/shall/Geoscience/SCCSS_2019.html

The Human Ecology Forum, which cosponsors this talk, is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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June 4, 2019
4:00 pm


McCormick Lecture Hall, College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, ME, + Google Map