Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 12:00pm
J. Blake Clark
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center
Challenges and opportunities in quantifying carbon flow from land to sea
Few places on Earth exhibit more evidence of the challenges imposed by climate change then the interface of the land and the ocean. At the coast, the majority of the world’s population resides, rivers with changing flow are entering into rising seas, and the loss of land is occurring at unprecedented rates around the globe. My research focuses on the coastal ocean carbon cycle and developing computational tools to integrate ground/water based observational data and satellite observations to better constrain carbon cycling from rivers into the ocean.
In this talk, I will introduce some challenges and opportunities in quantifying biogeochemical cycles at the land-ocean interface. I will show how some novel computational tools I have worked to develop can be used to predict carbon cycling at unprecedented resolution and scale. Finally, I will look forward to a future where scientific tools we develop to understand basic processes can bridge the gap from basic to applied research to affect change on the ground in local communities.
Dr. J. Blake Clark is a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory. He completed his PhD at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science under the advice of Prof. Raleigh Hood. Blake’s work focuses on building simple to sophisticated biogeochemical models of carbon-related phenomena while utilizing observations from Earth and Earth-orbiting satellites to inform model development and application. His love of marine biogeochemistry and carbon cycling began while earning a degree in Aquatic Biology at UC Santa Barbara.
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