2017 Estuary Research Workshop

Limiting Factors Beyond Nitrogen

Narragansett, Rhode Island

September 13, 2017

The 2017 Estuary Research Workshop will focus on nutrients (emphasis on phosphorus) that are potentially limiting in, and detrimental to, the Northeast’s estuaries. Nitrogen (N) is the primary limiting nutrient in most estuaries and excess N loading often results in eutrophication and poor water quality. Eutrophication degrades water quality resulting in hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and other impacts. There is also evidence for phosphorus (P) limitation in some estuaries, particularly in mid salinity regions during high-flow periods. While there is an active debate in the scientific literature over the relative importance of N versus P in controlling eutrophication, particularly in freshwater, both the EPA and the European Union encourage consideration of both.

Workshop participants will include researchers, administrators, and advocates who conduct or oversee estuary research and monitoring.

The day will include talks by Robert HowarthHans Paerl, and James Ammerman.


Workshop location
The workshop will be held in the Corless Auditorium in the Watkins Laboratory Building (#2 on campus map). Please park in lot A or B.

University of Rhode Island
Narragansett Bay Campus
215 South Ferry Rd.
Narragansett, RI 02882

Campus map

NEIWPCC contact: Anna Meyer (978) 349-2519






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