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Online Talk – “The Land-Sea Conjunction Junction”
October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine is sponsoring an online talk titled “The Land-Sea Conjunction Junction…What’s the Function? Connecting Coastal Places, People and Science” on Monday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. The speakers are Lauren Ross, assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMaine, and Sean Smith, associate professor in the School of Earth & Climate Sciences.
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
This talk is available virtually via Zoom. Registration is required. Go to umaine.edu/mitchellcenter to register and receive Zoom connection information.
- Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions