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Chesapeake Bay warming described in lifelong learning course

Two experts from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will discuss “Global Warming in Chesapeake Bay” in a course sponsored by the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). The series will be held on March 6, 13, and 20 (Wednesdays), 1-3 p.m., at the VIMS facility in Gloucester Point.

Dr. David Malmquist and Dr. John Boon will explore the causes and potential consequences of global change in the Chesapeake Bay through lectures, open discussion, and lab tours. Dr. Malmquist will open Session One with an overview of global warming and the links between water temperature, acidification, and animals that live in the bay. In the second session, Dr. Boon will share statistics and predictions for rising sea level in the Chesapeake Bay, and will explain how daily, seasonal, and year-to-year changes in tide levels help predict future storm tides. Both of these 45-minute lectures will be followed by discussions. The final session will allow a close-up look at global change research through a tour of VIMS.

Dr. Malmquist is the director of communications at VIMS, and was previously employed at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science as a research scientist and communications manager for the Risk Prediction Initiative. Dr. Boon, a VIMS emeritus professor, is interested in the advancement of physical science leading to an increased understanding of the coastal marine environment in the 21st century. He is the author of “Secrets of the Tide: Tide and Tidal Current Analysis and Applications, Storm Surges and Sea Level Trends.”

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “Global Warming in Chesapeake Bay” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707, or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at

Photo: Dr. John Boon and Dr. David Malmquist of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, will teach “Global Warming in Chesapeake Bay” for the RCC Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning.

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