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Where will our future tidal wetlands be? Predicting the impacts of sea level rise in our estuaries.


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Where will our future tidal wetlands be? Predicting the impacts of sea level rise in our estuaries.

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Science on Tap 

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Doors open 5:15 ; Presentation at 6:00 pm

Rogue Ales & Spirits

2320 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport OR

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The public is invited to Science on Tap, featuring wetland scientist Laura Brophy on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6pm in Newport. The event, co-hosted by the MidCoast Watersheds Council and the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, will be held at Rogue Ale’s South Beach waterfront location. The event will serve as the MidCoast Watershed Council’s monthly meeting.

Brophy is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with over 25 years of field experience in habitats ranging from the Pacific NW coastal forests and estuaries to tropical rainforests and high deserts.  She is the director of the Estuary Technical Group (ETG) at the Institute for Applied Ecology and a faculty member at Oregon State University.  She specializes in using her group’s research and field experience to advance restoration science, and then apply that knowledge on the ground to help improve our management of estuary resources.   

Brophy has worked with the MCWC over the years on several watershed and estuary projects.  She conducted an assessment of restoration and conservation opportunities in the Yaquina and Alsea estuaries, and helped design and implement restoration of a tidal marsh on the Yaquina River.  Now she is working with the MCWC to ensure we will have tidal marshes into the future.  Her talk will be on a project the ETG is conducting for the MCWC, with funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program. This project analyzes how sea level rise may affect tidal wetlands in estuaries along Oregon’s coast -- and where the tidal wetlands of the future may be.

The analysis of sea level rise impacts to Oregon’s tidal wetlands will build from the new, more accurate maps of the extent of tidal wetlands that were created in 2014 by Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development and ETG. The new tidal wetland maps were generated using remotely-sensed land surface elevation data (LIDAR) and long-term water level models. ETG’s sea level rise project will use the same methods to understand where these crucial habitats may be in the future, under predicted sea level rise scenarios.   Brophy will describe early draft results and how they can be used, and will seek the audience’s feedback and questions. We look forward to a good discussion! 

Science on Tap will be at Rogue Ale's Brewers' on the Bay, in the downstairs board room.  Doors open at 5:15pm, and the presentation will begin at 6:00pm.  The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.  Food and beverage will be avaliable for purchae from the regular menu.  For more information call 541-265-9195

Please join the MidCoast Watersheds Council and Hatfield Marine Science Center on Thursday, February 4th, at 6:00 pm at Rogue Ales & Spirits.