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Scientists Study Effects of Fall Storms and Wind on Bay’s “Metabolism”

Jeffrey Brainard • December 17, 2015

Big storms can impair the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality by dumping rain that washes pulses of nutrients and sediments into the estuary. But as twin storms hit the region in October, University of Maryland scientists traveled out out on stormy waters to study another effect: how storm-driven winds stir up nutrients from the Bay’s bottom zone.


These High School Students Built a Fish Farm in a Classroom

Jeffrey Brainard • December 10, 2015

The assignment: build an "aquaponics" laboratory. The educational goal: teach students to apply science and engineering to solve practical problems. And have fun doing it. 


Live Bait Packaging: A Threat to the Health of the Chesapeake Bay?

Meg Wickless • November 25, 2015

Live bait packages shipped to the Mid-Atlantic from distributors in Maine harbor dozens of species of non-native, marine organisms, a newly published study says. These species can end up in our region’s waters, where they may become invasive and alter ecosystems. 


Marylanders Know That Most Climate Scientists Agree About Climate Change

Jeffrey Brainard • November 2, 2015

Nearly half of Marylanders know that a strong consensus exists among climate scientists that the climate is changing, a new survey says — a finding with implications for public policy. Among the possible harmful effects of climate change in Maryland, many survey respondents cited effects on the Chesapeake Bay.


If Hurricane Joaquin Comes to the Chesapeake

Michael W. Fincham • October 2, 2015

What kind of storm surge could head up the Chesapeake Bay this weekend if Hurricane Joaquin reaches the Mid-Atlantic? 


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