Month: July 2019

Dr. Hans Paerl Speaks to WITN’s Stacia Strong about Hurricanes and Climate Change


Dr. Paerl’s Interview

The “New Normal” rainfall associated with tropical cyclones striking the NC coast.

Coincidence or Environmental Impacts?



Press Release









What’s Happening in the Neuse!

Hi all,

I’m a little behind but here are the results from the last Neuse run on 9 July. It’s crazy how things have changed since spring when the estuary was basically a river. Salinities in the bottom waters of the lower estuary are as high as I remember seeing. The only other time that bottom waters at 180 have been this high was on 5 Oct 2002. Neuse river flows do not indicate that we are in as significant of a drought as in 2002. So, I think something on the ocean-side of the estuary might be playing a role in the high salinities and plan to see what our physical oceanographers think. The estuary was strongly stratified from New Bern to the mouth. Bottom waters were anoxic along much of the transect as evidenced by a strong sulfide smell. The crew will be out again next week.



Blooms in the Albemarle

Resurgent algal blooms in Chowan River, Edenton Bay, Albemarle Sound and Little River. Read the article by Emily Davis in the NC Health News  featuring Dr. Hans Paerl and Dr. Nathan Hall   below


Uncharted Waters Ahead for Albemarle’s Returning Algae Blooms

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