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Low oxygen in Chesapeake Bay

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American Institute of Biological Sciences

Sunrise over the Rappahannock River

image: Hypoxia threatens the Chesapeake Bay, but forecasting may help mitigate the effects. view more 

Credit: Jeremy Testa

The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences.

Each year, low oxygen levels, known as hypoxia, strike the deep waters of Chesapeake Bay. Arising from a combination of human-induced and natural factors, low oxygen levels have profound effects on fish and other important ecosystem players. Writing in BioScience, Jeremy Testa of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science) and his colleagues describe the phenomenon in detail--and the ongoing efforts to better predict the yearly occurrence. For this episode of BioScience Talks, Dr. Testa shares more details about hypoxia, its causes, and perhaps most important, the ways in which forecasting can help us understand and plan for the future of the bay.

To hear the whole discussion, visit this link for this latest episode of the BioScience Talks podcast.


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