Webinar: Overview of Climate Change Research within NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Wed, November 1, 12pm – 1pm

Abstract: This presentation will give an overview of recent NEFSC climate change research focused on the U.S. Northeast Continental Shelf marine ecosystem. Much of this research relies on high-resolution global climate modeling and thus a close partnership with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Presently, most research is focused on the impacts of continued ocean warming on the distribution of marine species' thermal habitat with implications for fisheries. While these distribution models are based primarily on NEFSC fisheries-independent survey data, laboratory studies are currently be conducted to assess thermal habitat model uncertainty. Laboratory studies are also being conducted to determine impacts of ocean acidification on phytoplankton, shellfish, and finfish. Future research needs explore other variables beyond ocean temperature and focus on multiple factors such as primary and secondary productivity, predator-prey interactions, recruitment, ocean acidification, fisheries mortality, and disease.

About the Speaker: Vincent Saba received a Ph.D. in marine science in 2007 from the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He is currently the Acting Branch Chief of the Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch within the NEFSC. His research interests are in the fields of marine ecosystems and climate variability, climate change impacts on living marine resources, fisheries oceanography, sea turtle biology, and high-resolution global climate modeling.