The public is invited to the MidCoast Watersheds Council monthly meeting in conjunction with Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap series Thursday, October 1st at 6:30 pm in Toledo. The topic will be the unusual oceanographic conditions along the West Coast with an update on the “Blob” and strengthening El Niño. A strong El Nino means warmer than normal ocean temperatures off the west coast which means a dry Winter. Wet weather for the southern parts of the U.S. but dry for the Pacific Northwest.
The meeting will be held at the Twisted Snout Brewery in Toledo, located at 318. S. Main St.
Dr. Laurie Weitkamp will be the presenter. She is a salmon biologist at the NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center here in Newport. She studies the ecology of young salmon in estuarine and marine environments to better understand why salmon survival is highly variable among years. This topic includes documenting the impacts of recent unusual conditions on our local marine ecosystem.
Since late 2013, the Northeast Pacific ocean and adjacent terrestrial environments have been unusually warm; this warm water mass is commonly referred to as “the blob”. In spring 2015, an El Niño began to develop at the equator, which will reach full strength during the winter 2015/2016 and likely be the largest on record. Laurie will provide a review of these two events and describe some of the biological impacts they’re having in local waters and across the North Pacific.
Please join us Thursday October 1st at 6:30 at the Twisted Snout Brewery in Toledo!
Midcoast Watersheds Council