Science Night 2016

2016-science-night-live-flier-jpgThe council held our annual Science Night on Thursday, December 8. Presentations by scientists conducting research into areas of council interest are highlighted. This post has been updated with links to presentations. See below.

“Lingering Oil in Prince William Sound: What we know, past and present”
Presenter: Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories

“Mom Knows Best: Family Specific Patterns Among Killer Whales in Prince William Sound”
Presenter: Dan Olsen, North Gulf Oceanic Society

“Regional Weather Forecast Modeling”
Presenter: Peter Olsson, Alaska Experimental Forecast Facility

“Are you a ShoreZone user? A brief introduction to the Alaska ShoreZone Program”
Presenter: Mandy Lindeberg, Auke Bay Laboratories

“Zooplankton: Big Talk about Tiny Critters”
Presenter: Caitlin McKinstry, Prince William Sound Science Center

Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz in Valdez

The council is collaborating with the Prince William Sound College and the Smithsonian for a two-day Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz on September 9 and 10 in Valdez. Learn about invasive species that threaten Prince William Sound and look for them in Valdez Harbor.

Your help with this bioblitz will help establish critical baseline data for future research, invasive species management, and conservation initiatives.

Pre-training workshop on Friday, September 9.
Expedition to look for invasive species in Valdez harbor.

More details at the event website: Marine Invasive Species Bioblitz in Valdez

Report shows air pollutants in Prince William Sound reduced by hundreds of tons per year

Council Project Manager

A new council study found that the low-sulfur fuel used in oil tankers has resulted in far less air pollution from crude oil tankers than just a few years ago.

The study, by Starcrest Consulting Group, evaluated the air pollution from tankers that traveled through Prince William Sound during 2014. The study looked at three air pollutants: nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and sulfur oxides. These pollutants are produced by internal combustion engines and released in a vessel’s exhaust. Each of the pollutants can have negative impacts on human health, contributing to heart and lung disease. Researchers calculated the amount of each of these pollutants that would have been released if the tankers had been using fuel with a sulfur content of 2.7, 1.0, or 0.1 percent. The results were then compared to determine the amount reduced.

Read moreReport shows air pollutants in Prince William Sound reduced by hundreds of tons per year

Science Night LIVE!

2015 Science Night Live

UPDATED (Dec 8): All presentations are now available for download. Please see the links below.

Original post:

Science it up with us! On Thursday, December 3, the council is hosting our annual Science Night at The Lakefront Anchorage (formerly The Millenium). Hear about the latest research that affects the safe transportation of oil through Prince William Sound.

This event is an initiative of the council’s Scientific Advisory Committee. SAC, as it’s known, ensures council projects are based on the best science.

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