VIMS experts to teach course on ‘Global Warming in the Chesapeake Bay’
Two experts from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will discuss "Global Warming in the Chesapeake Bay" in a course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL).
The series will be held from 1-3 p.m. on the following Wednesdays—March 6, 13 and 20—at the VIMS campus at Gloucester Point.
David Malmquist and John Boon will explore the causes and potential consequences of global change in the Chesapeake Bay through lectures, open discussion, and lab tours, according to a RCC spokesman.
Malmquist will open the first session with an overview of global warming and the links between water temperature, acidification and animals that live in the bay.
In the second session, Boon will share statistics and predictions for rising sea level in the Chesapeake Bay, and will explain how daily, seasonal and year-to-year changes in tide levels help predict future storm tides.
Both of the 45-minute lectures will be followed by discussion. The final session will allow a close-up look at global change research through a tour of VIMS.
Malmquist is the director of communications at VIMS, and was previously employed at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science as a research scientist and communications manager for the Risk Prediction Initiative.