In Observance of World Wetlands Day – 47th Anniversary of the Ramsar Convention*
Human Impacts on Estuaries: Sea Level Rise and Algal Blooms
Saturday February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Back Bay Science Center
Newport Beach, California
Eventbrite - WWD2018
$15/public, $10/students & members
Cost includes breakfast, talks, and afternoon tours/demonstrations


8:30 am Parking, check-in, continental breakfast

9:00 Peter Bryant, President of Newport Bay Conservancy, Introductions on the Ramsar Convention

9:05 Monique Myers, California Sea Grant Marine Science Institute, UCSB, “Vulnerability Assessment of the Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem”

9:35 Juliette Finzi-Hart, Director of Outreach, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, “The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for Sea Level Rise and Storms in Southern California”

10:05 Break

10:30 Meredith Howard, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), “Harmful Algal Blooms in California Estuaries”

11:00 Katherine Mackey, Department of Earth System Science, UCI, “How Photosynthesis Shapes and is Shaped by Ocean Processes”

11:30 Evyan Sloane, California Coastal Conservancy, “Living Shorelines”

– Guests will be provided with a continental breakfast and snacks.

Optional field trips, demonstrations following talks (exact topics/activities TBA).


* The Ramsar Convention (formally, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat) is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran, where the Convention was signed in 1971.