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UDaily: Ocean Currents series continues with focus on climate change, communication

UDaily: Ocean Currents series continues with focus on climate change, communication

Tracking any environmental trends, including climate change, can be a long process, taking years before patterns clearly emerge. Fortunately, Jonathan Sharp has decades of information on the waters of Delaware Bay. The veteran professor of oceanography in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment has carefully examined the Delaware Estuary to create a detailed study of water conditions and biological responses. Several years ago he expanded his efforts by starting a monitoring program on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to paint a better picture of the environmental conditions in the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The results of his work are clear.

“We have seen things through the ferry monitoring that show dramatic response to large weather events, such as storm flooding,” Sharp said. “It is possible that these indicate changes in response to climate change.”

On Thursday, June 19, Sharp will discuss his recent activities as part of the Ocean Currents Lecture Series. His talk, titled “Establishing Ship-Of-Opportunity Monitoring and Teaching Scientists How to Talk,” will also examine scientific communication — specifically, the gap between scientific knowledge and public opinion.