Like coastal systems globally, the Chesapeake Bay is
experiencing a multitude of stressors from climate change impacts,
including increasing temperatures, changes in watershed nutrient
transport, sea level rise, and regional ocean changes. In this
presentation, I will focus on the mechanisms behind warming trends over
the past three decades and the implications for future increases in Bay
temperatures. Results highlight the importance of understanding
atmospheric warming trends, as well as regional changes in ocean
circulation as global temperatures continue to increase in the
21st century. Preliminary findings on climate-driven changes
to the Bay watershed and consequences for estuarine hypoxia will also be discussed.
Kyle Hinson is a biogeochemical modeler focused on the dynamics and consequences of climate change impacts in coastal zones. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a Physics minor from UNC-Chapel Hill. While there, he was introduced to lab research by helping to analyze remote sensing imagery of global rivers and was then exposed to field work when deploying current profilers in Morehead City, NC. Before beginning graduate school, he worked in a staff position with the Chesapeake Bay Program's Modeling Workgroup, helping to generate the first estimates of climate impacts on regulatory watershed model nutrient loads. He is currently in his fifth year at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, completing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Marjy Friedrichs.
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