UMASSD Magazine, Spring 2016
co-authors Sherri Miles, Eileen Marum
In offices and labs across UMass Dartmouth, on board a research vessel in Buzzards Bay, and at field sites near and far, scientists, engineers, policy analysts, and alumni are responding to the impact of climate change on water systems—warming seas, changing fisheries, retreating shorelines, vulnerable salt marshes, and fresh water supplies.
The world’s oceans are warmer now than at any point in the last 50 years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists at UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) have been sampling local waters for nearly three decades and have found evidence of warmer waters in our own backyard.
We have been monitoring Buzzards Bay on a monthly basis since October of 1987,” said Jefferson Turner, Chancellor Professor jointly in the Biology Department and in Fisheries Oceanography at SMAST.
From the University’s research vessel, R/V Lucky Lady, researchers collect samples at eight stations throughout the bay to establish monthly and yearly patterns in salinity, water chemistry, phytoplankton plants, zooplankton communities, and temperature.
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