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Maritime biologist, study scientist, environmentalist and writer Thomas Belton joins the Barnegat Bay Partnership up coming Tuesday, Jan. 19, for the newest in the BBP’s “Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist” webinar series. Tune in 7-8 p.m. to hear Belton’s presentation, “Adaptation to a Warming World: Climbing Seas and Eroding Salt Marshes.”
Tidal salt marshes protect much more than 200,000 acres of New Jersey’s coastal landscape, “supplying important habitat for wildlife, maintaining drinking water quality and assisting to safeguard persons from storm surge and flooding,” the BBP clarifies. “In actuality, a modern analyze concluded that New Jersey’s salt marshes prevented around $400 million in damages throughout Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
“Yet this fantastic ecosystem is below menace – and we are the trigger! A hotter earth is leading to sea concentrations to increase with storm-related flooding and erosion in coastal places.”
The forthcoming webinar will check out very best management methods in the style of a weather-delicate stewardship application for state waterways, particularly as it pertains to the preservation, conservation and engineered reconstruction of salt marsh ecosystems. Master about the efforts of the condition, neighborhood desire groups, personal citizens and non-governmental companies to interact with municipalities and come across typical floor in acquiring appropriate methods to shield endangered shorelines.
Belton, who has considerable publications in both of those well known and scientific literature, is recently retired from the N.J. Division of Environmental Protection’s Division of Science, Research and Environmental Well being, the place his principal responsibilities included the design and style and effectiveness of a broad array of aquatic biology exploration, together with h2o high quality studies, groundwater-surface area h2o modeling, ecosystem well being, air-drinking water modeling and watershed characterization and evaluation methodologies.
He was also the study coordinator for the Governor’s Motion Strategy to restore Barnegat Bay. Belton made and oversaw the overall performance of 11 joined h2o excellent scientific studies, which include evaluation of the impact of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Building Station.
Right until a short while ago, Belton was also a analysis associate in scientific writing and a lecturer at the Academy of Purely natural Sciences of Drexel College in Philadelphia.
His professional memoir, Defending New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Back garden Condition, was named a 2010 Honor Reserve by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Registration is expected to go to the webinar. Visit barnegatbaypartnership.org to sign-up. —J.K.-H.