Thank you very much ESPP for funding me to attend the IAGLR’s (International Association for Great Lakes Research) Annual Conference at Burlington, Vermont, 2015.
The IAGLR’s Annual Conference is held by the IAGLR, which is a scientific organization of researchers focusing on the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. The members of this conference encompass all scientific disciplines with a common interest in the management of large lake ecosystems on many levels. With scholars from various backgrounds, this year’s theme of the conference covers topics from earth science, data management and modeling, nutrients, contaminants, novel and advancing technologies, food webs and ecosystems, innovative approaches to science to education and outreach.
In the conference, I presented my research as first author on detecting and quantifying upwelling events in the Great Lakes using satellite sea surface temperature (SST) data. Costal upwelling events play an important role in ocean and large lake ecosystems, since they transport the cooler and usually nutrient-rich water to the surface layer boosting phytoplankton growth and thus fishery production. However, depending on different locations, an in situ instrument might not capture an upwelling event because the limited spatial area it covers is usually not large enough to produce the temperature profile needed for upwelling analysis. High spatial resolution remote sensing thermal infrared data provide the opportunity to capture the large-scale water surface temperature change. In this study, daily cloud-free surface water temperature (GLSEA) charts derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) surface water temperature data are used to monitor upwelling events’ spatial variability and horizontal distribution.
I was excited that the scientists from a wide variety of disciplines were interested in my work. They asked many inspiring questions and offered invaluable comments and ideas which were helpful for transforming this research into an academic paper. Also, I was able to communicate with scholars who share similar interests in Great Lakes studies. This conference provided me an opportunity to have a better understanding of my discipline and my study topic as well. It was a very successful conference experience.
Thanks ESPP again for the support which made this trip possible.