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Talk- The Land-Sea Conjunction Junction… what’s the function?
October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This talk is available virtually via Zoom. Registration is required. Go to umaine.edu/mitchellcenter to register and receive Zoom connection information.
Lauren Ross, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMaine
Sean Smith, Earth & Climate Sciences; Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine
A grand challenge of coastal pollution management is the development and application of useful ways to approach functional biophysical relations and effectively communicate observed coastal patterns to diverse groups of people that often connect parts of a story, events, and decisions in different ways. The research to frame solutions to pollution problems affecting shellfishing communities has led the team through lessons similar to that of the Conjunction Junction song in the Schoolhouse Rock educational series. Conjunctions are about connections, and coastal pollution research and science communication is all about that in estuaries at the junction of coastal watersheds and the sea. This coastal research focuses on socio-biophysical dynamics where freshwater flows, tidal circulation of seawater, and coastal shellfishing communities connect. The goal is to help make science-based decisions to guide whether to close shellfish harvesting in response to estuary water quality conditions.
Lauren Ross is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Her research involves understanding tidal processes in estuarine and coastal environments.
Sean Smith is an associate professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences with a joint appointment to the Mitchell Center. His research seeks to understand processes that shape the earth’s landscape with attention to alterations of hillslope and stream conditions by human activities.