Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Harmful algal blooms continue to be a problem for the Lake Erie ecosystem and lakeshore communities, and predicted climate change impacts like increased heavy precipitation and higher temperatures have the potential to worsen these problems in the future. Focusing on Lake Erie, this webinar will provide information about:

  • Historical climate and potential future impacts of climate change in the Lake Erie basin.
  • How climate change could impact Lake Erie nutrient levels that drive harmful algal blooms
  • The potential effects of reduced lake ice and higher temperatures on algal blooms’ length and size

About the Speaker(s)

Molly Woloszyn

Molly Woloszyn

Molly Woloszyn is the Extension Climatologist for the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, both of which are located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her goal as an extension climatologist is to communicate climate-related information across the region, including historical climate analysis, climate change communication, K-12 education, and climate adaptation.

Dr. Richard Stumpf

Dr. Richard Stumpf

Dr. Stumpf is an oceanographer at NOAA with 30 years experience in investigating habitat and eutrophication problems of the US coast and Great Lakes. He uses satellite data and models to address algal bloom monitoring and forecasting and leads NOAA’s to translate research into operational forecasts of harmful algal blooms.

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