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Oceanographers from Xiamen University visit

Mar. 9, 2012 — The South China Sea may be half a world away, but University of Delaware oceanographers are interested in understanding ecosystem dynamics there. The sea is roughly comparable in size to the Mid-Atlantic Bight, receives even higher nutrient inputs from rivers and bays, and experiences analogous water shifts driven by currents.

“We are trying to understand the similarities and differences between these two major bodies of water,” said George Luther, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

Luther, CEOE Dean Nancy Targett and other UD faculty hosted colleagues from China’s Xiamen University (XU) last week to discuss mutual research interests and explore opportunities for future collaborations. At a three-day workshop titled “Sustaining Dynamic Ecosystem Services in the Coastal Oceans of the USA and China,” researchers from both universities gave presentations about ocean observation, marine ecology, ecosystem services and other topics.