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Phytoplankton Productivity in Bays along the Gulf and its Linkage to River Discharge

November 15, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Dr. Huilin Gao
Associate Professor
Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University

To better manage coastal ecosystems, long term historical records and seasonal predictions of Chlorophyll-a concentrations (an indicator of phytoplankton productivity) are both important. Meanwhile, river discharge, which is influenced by climate change, urbanization, and flow regulation, can affect phytoplankton productivity. First, we demonstrate the capability of using satellite remote sensing to generate long term, spatially distributed records of Chlorophyall-a concentration. Second, we use hydrological modeling approach to examine the effects of both a changing environment and water management on coastal inflows. Last, we explore the potential of predicting phytoplankton productivity using hydroclimate variables. We demonstrate the methods and results over Galveston Bay, San Antonio Bay, and their contributing river basins.

Dr. Huilin Gao is an associate professor in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. degree in water resources engineering from Princeton University. Before joining TAMU in 2012, she also worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Washington as a research associate. Dr. Gao’s research interests are hydrologic monitoring and prediction, climate change, land cover land use change, water resources management, and satellite remote sensing in hydrology and ecology. Dr. Gao is also a recipient of the CAREER Award fromof the National Science Foundation, and the Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


November 15, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Eller O&M Bldg., Room 807