Status Update: Manuscripts submitted

Credit: Pixabay

Credit: Pixabay

This week’s post will be a status update since we hit a major milestone in the project!

As of Wednesday, the companion manuscripts written for this project have been submitted for peer review in the journal Estuaries and Coasts.

As explained in a previous post, the peer review process will allow other experts to examine our work and provide construct input for improvements. Acceptance is not guaranteed, but submitting gets us one step closer to be able to publish this work in a major scientific journal.

The Manuscripts!

For this project, two companion manuscripts were written and submitted together.

CHESAPEAKE BAY -- A Maryland Blue Crab tries to escape from a basket aboard the Tempest June 6, 2012. Bob Evans is captain of the Tempest and was awarded the Highliner award in 2010 in recognition of his contributions to the fishing community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)

Credit: Flickr and U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wilson

Manuscript 1 is a synthesis of the climate extreme patterns of change and variability in the near-shore Chesapeake Bay region. This paper looks at historical changes as well as future projections and includes statistical confidence in those trends. It also discusses correlations with major rivers and teleconnection indices.

Manuscript 2 demonstrates the application of those climate indices by investigating 4 environmental problems currently facing Chesapeake Bay, as represented by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves. The 4 “vignettes” include, SAV diebacks with the frequency of warm summer days, total nitrogen loading with precipitation frequency, phenology changes with an expansion of the growing season, Vibrio occurrence with more warm days.

Look out for future project updates to learn how we do in the peer review process, as well as other products in development!


Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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