MBL hosts Senator Warren for a discussion on sea level rise and nitrogen pollution

Monday, August 5, 2013

Beth Armstrong, MBL

NE CSC Consortium Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday August 2nd.  She toured the Ecosystems Center, where Center Director Chris Neill and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo briefed her on environmental and global change research. Melillo discussed the comprehensive effort by the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Climate Assessment team, which he chairs, to identify climate change impacts and adaptations in our region and across the United States.  Neill described the MBL’s historic role in identifying the damaging consequences of nitrogen runoff to coastal waters, and how the Ecosystems Center has moved beyond the science of identifying coastal nitrogen pollution toward rigorous evaluation of innovative, potential ways to prevent it. He also discussed the Center’s partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition to monitor local water quality; and the susceptibility of salt marshes to nitrogen pollution and their vital role as buffers against sea level rise and coastal storms.

Photo: MBL Ecosystems Center Director Chris Neill (left) and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Mellilo with Senator Warren. (Credit: Beth Armstrong)

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