Information from Oregon Shores:
The Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project will meet tomorrow at 5:30pm in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center. The meeting will feature speaker Mary Kentula, a Wetland Ecologist from the US EPA Western Ecology Division. Mary has studied and worked in Corvallis for over 30 years, earning both an MS in biology and a PhD in botany and aquatic ecology from Oregon State. Her research focus with the EPA includes monitoring and assessing wetlands at the regional and watershed scales, and restoration ecology of wetlands. Mary’s talk, entitled “Wetlands in the Landscape: Profiles as a Template for Decision Making,” will address how wetlands function in the landscape and how decision making can impact the services provided. She will also discuss how information, like the types collected for the Yaquina Estuary Conservation Plan Atlas, could be used to learn about the local landscape and provide insights that can guide decision making. We hope to have a representative of the Wetlands Conservancy, authors of the atlas, speak at our February meeting.
We are delighted to announce that our lecture series will continue this month with a panel discussion on climate change and water resources. The panelists include Dr. Ken Williamson, an Environmental and Civil Engineer and the current head of the civil engineering department at OSU. Dr. Williamson will introduce the topic and discuss potential impacts to resources and infrastructure for Oregon’s coastal communities. Dr. Chris Surfleet, a Forest Engineer with the Institute for Water and Watersheds, will discuss his research on the impacts of climate change on hydrology and the relationship to water management and policy. Dr. Anne Nolin, a Climatologist at OSU, will discuss how remote sensing helps us identify “at risk” areas in the Pacific Northwest vulnerable to the hydrological impacts of a warming climate. Please joins us on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00pm. The event will be held in the main hall of the Yachats Commons.