Dr. Stephanie Waterman, University of British Columbia
Cycle II, Early Career Faculty
Determining the coastal ocean response to large-scale, open ocean drivers is required to identify the dominant mechanisms that influence near-shore physical and biogeochemical patterns. This project will determine responses to open ocean forcing in Queen Charlotte Sound (QCS) and adjacent near-shore waterways in order to develop a predictive capacity for short-range forecasting of physical-biogeochemical parameters. Predictive capabilities in QCS are underdeveloped, and yet the region is extremely productive, important for commercial fisheries, a crucial conservation zone, and a site of increasing human activity and economic development.