CHIP YOUNG

Chip began as an oceanography graduate student in January 2003. While at school at the University of Hawaii,his focus will be on geochemical oceanography. He has begun work with Eric on a new Sea Grant projectwhich will study pollutant nutrient and suspended sediment fluxes, cycling, and management in southern Kaneohe Bay. The goals of the study are: (1)to quantify physical and chemical properties of terrestrial runoff in "real time" as it enters the coastal water/coral reef ecosystem of southern Kaneohe Bay. (2)to characterize temporally physical and biogeochemical processes that may affect the coastal/reef ecosystem. (3)to obtain time series data on the biogeochemical evolultion of the water column and reef study site under various environmental conditions. (4)to quantify the importance of storm derived nutrients in both the dissolved and particulate load to productivity in the bay, and (5)to demonstrate that the remobilization, remineralization, and resuspension of particulatae nutrients pulsed to the sea floor during storm plume events are important to nutrient subsidies in bay waters and may be sustaining the productivity of nuisance algae in the bay. These observations will be conducted via an in house developed and constructed Coral Reef Instrumented Monitoring Platform (CRIMP). Chip expects to be continuously compiling information and providing some preliminary results on these coastal/reef processes within two years. So, stay tuned...

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