We hope you can join us TOMORROW, Thursday, May 30 at 2:30 PM EasternJohn CrusiusResearch Scientist with USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, aligned with Alaska Science Center, housed in Seattle at University of Washington School of Oceanography will present: “Impacts of melting glaciers on nutrient supply and coastal ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Alaska”. 
See below or attached pdf for more details and the registration link (registration is required to join the webex):
“Impacts of melting glaciers on nutrient supply and coastal ecosystems of the northern Gulf of Alaska” 
Thursday, May 30 at 2:30 PM Eastern

Description:  The northern Gulf of Alaska (GoA) maintains a productive ecosystem, with commercially important fisheries.  Virtually all of the many glaciers that line the northern GoA coast are retreating, yet the impacts on the marine ecosystem are poorly understood.  This project carried out a set of frequent field observations in a network of tributaries of the Copper River, the single largest source of fresh water to the GoA (and a watershed with substantial glacial coverage).  We also carried out a set of research cruises on the continental shelf and slope to the south.  Iron is a nutrient that limits biological productivity in parts of the GoA, while nitrate is limiting in nearshore areas.  Our work examined the sources of nitrate and iron during different seasons, and their ecosystem responses.  Glacier melt impacts transport of bioavailable iron from both rivers and dust, as fine glacial particles are an important source in each case.   An additional source is resuspended continental shelf sediments.  Dust is transport in the autumn from riverbed sediments from glacierized watersheds by strong winds and transported hundreds of km offshore.  Nitrate is known to have a marine source, originating in deep-winter mixing and upwelling.  High productivity is observed along the entire coastal transect in spring in response to high concentrations of both nitrate and iron.   Climate impacts on the ecosystem will be discussed with the aid of a high-resolution northern GoA coupled physical ecosystem model that incorporates river inputs and oceanographic processes.

Once submitted, your name will be added to the registry for the webinar and you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the webinar via the WebEx platform. For closed captioning during the webinar, at the start time of the event, please login to your event by clicking on the link below: http://fedrcc.us//Enter.aspx?EventID=2133906&CustomerID=321

If you cannot attend the webinar, it will be posted, with closed captioning, approximately 1-2 weeks after the presentation is given and posted on the NCCWSC website: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/186


For the schedule of upcoming webinars in the NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, please click here: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinars



If you have any questions regarding the NCCWSC webinars, please contact:

Ashley Fortune: 304.876.7361 Ashley_Fortune@fws.gov

Or, Holly Padgett: 703.648.4081 hpadgett@usgs.gov