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Raymond Najjar (
Penn State University
The success of efforts to restore the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, two large, degraded estuaries in the Eastern United States, will depend on the future climate of the watersheds of these estuaries. The loads of sediment, nutrients, and organic matter from the land surface to these estuaries, which are strongly influenced by climate variability, have been—and are expected to be—the main drivers of water quality in these estuaries. Unfortunately, there has been no systematic analysis of projected changes in these loads, which is hampering the development of effective management strategies. Here, we propose to synthesize the output of several hydrological and terrestrial biogeochemical models in order to determine the likely range in projected changes in the delivery of freshwater, nutrients, and sediment to the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays during the 21st century.
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