This project initiative aims to advance understanding about deoxygenation and seasonal hypoxia in Asian coastal waters under the dual-control of intense eutrophication and global warming.
Asia hosts rapid population and economic growth. Large rivers discharge massive amounts of land-use pollutants into estuarine and coastal areas, causing over-enrichment (eutrophication) and dissolved oxygen deficiency in coastal waters. The formation of coastal hypoxia greatly impacts local ecosystem functioning.
Global warming affects dissolved oxygen content by altering oxygen solubility, consumption (growth rate, metabolic rate, etc.), and replenishment (large-scale lateral exchange rate, typhoon frequency/intensity, etc.). Global warming also impacts river streamflow and nutrient loading. Identifying the relative contributions of eutrophication and global warming and establishing a science-based mitigation strategy are crucial for managing expanding coastal hypoxia.
Start Date: 03/01/2024
End Date: 28/02/2029
Lead Contact: Wenxia Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org)