Status of the Estuary and Nearshore Ocean - Implications for the Future
April 28-30, 2020 • Liberty Theatre • Astoria, Oregon
Every two years, the Columbia River Estuary Conference (CREC) brings together people with interest in the lower Columbia River and its estuary, plume, and nearshore ocean.
It has been 25 years since the lower Columbia River was designated an “estuary of national significance” and roughly the same since NOAA’s Pacific Ocean transect monitoring and indicators system was established. CREC 2020 aims to explore what have we done since then and what we have accomplished. Questions we will explore include:
- What is the present status of the lower Columbia and nearshore ocean and how has this shifted?
- How have we integrated shifting environmental conditions (e.g., warming water temperatures, ocean acidification and hypoxia, earlier growing season, more intense storms) into our research and restoration? Do we see results from these shifts?
- How do we better link the estuary and nearshore ocean research and management together in the future?