Explore Mathematical Models of the Inland Bays at this Friday’s STAC Meeting!

Lewes, DE — The public is invited to attend the next Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9:00 am – noon at the DNREC Lewes Field Facility on 901 Pilottown Road in Lewes, DE.

At this meeting, the focus will be on development of mathematical models of the Inland Bays to make predictions about the results of pollution inputs. Dr. Jeremy Testa of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will discuss the use of ecosystem models to explore the long-term impacts of nutrient pollution on bay water quality. Dr. Joseph Zhang of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will present his work on a new modeling approach to study water movement and pollution problems in estuaries such as the Inland Bays.

“Models are important tools to help scientists and decision makers better understand how bay waters change in response to things such as pollution and climate change,” says Dr. Marianne Walch, the Center’s Science & Restoration Coordinator. They can also be used to predict which management decisions and practices will provide maximum water quality benefit.”

The agenda also includes input from the STAC on updates to the Center’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, and a discussion of priority research needs for the Inland Bays.

STAC meetings are a great opportunity to hear presentations about the local environment, and a chance to ask questions about the latest research being conducted on the Inland Bays. This Committee provides objective advice and guidance to the Center’s Board of Directors and other cooperating agencies that have interests in Delaware’s Inland Bays. A draft agenda and additional information about the Committee and past meetings can be found on the CIB website and at www.inlandbays.org/stac.