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WaterTalk: Addressing excess reactive nitrogen issues across international
February 20 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pmFree
About this Event
As part of the Water Institute’s WaterTalks lecture series Jill S. Baron will present: Addressing excess reactive nitrogen issues across international boundaries and across the globe: The International Nitrogen Management System.
The production and consumption of reactive nitrogen (Nr) on Earth sustains the current world population of 7.7 billion people, yet unintentional release is causing Nr to accumulate in the environment. Excess Nr is detrimental to human health, water and soil quality, terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems. Excess Nr contributes heat-trapping gases and particulates to the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change. Recognizing excess Nr in the environment poses an existential threat to Earth system processes, scientists and policy makers came together to develop the International Nitrogen Management System. INMS brings together the science community, the private sector and civil society to gather and synthesize evidence that can support international policy development to improve global nitrogen management. I’ll talk about the four components of the INMS program, emphasizing tools for understanding and managing the global Nr cycle, and how they are being applied for the North American regional demonstration project in the Nooksack-Lower Fraser River region of the US and Canada.
Jill S. Baron is founder and Director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis and a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Her research interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems. Baron was President of the Ecological Society of America in 2014 and is a Fellow of the ESA and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the current Coordinator of the North American Center for the International Nitrogen Initiative and a project leader for the International Nitrogen Management System. Baron received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1991, and has undergraduate and master’s degrees from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin.
Coffee, tea & refreshments served.