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Upcoming Webinar for Science Teachers in the Long Island Sound Region:
Teaching the Latest Research on Long Island Sound Climate Science to Your Students
Date: January 18, 2017
Time: 7-8 p.m.
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Why are some fish populations increasing in Long Island Sound while others are declining? If you think your students would want to know the answer, a webinar scheduled in January will present what the latest scientific research says on this topic.
The Long Island Sound Study, with the support of the Southern New England and New York State Marine Educators’ Associations, is holding a webinar on Jan. 18 geared to high school teachers who are interested in educating their students about climate change research in Long Island Sound and the impact of climate on conditions in Long Island Sound.  The webinar, featuring Penny Howell, a biologist at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will be held at 7 pm to accommodate teachers' busy schedules.
Over the past three years, Howell has worked with scientists at the Stevens Institute of Technology on research to better understand the impact of climate on Long Island Sound. The research team developed a scientific computer model using physical and biological data from the 1970s to the present. The goal of the project was to document past environmental changes to better understand the mechanisms that explain past and current trends scientists see in the water quality and fish abundance in Long Island Sound. For example, species of fish that favor warmer water temperatures such as scup are increasing, while fish that favor cooler temperatures such as winter flounder are decreasing. Finally, by using the model to simulate future climate change projections, the study evaluated how those changes might affect fish populations in the future.
This webinar will be ideal for teachers who want their students to learn about:
• How a changing climate affects the conditions of Long Island Sound, which in turn impacts the types and abundance of marine species that live in the Sound
• Why it is important to maintain a diversity of species.
• What happens to the health of individual species sensitive to changes in temperature that are important to the food web and/or economy, such the American Lobster.  
• The importance of looking at long-term data trends to understand the difference between climate change and year-year variations in the weather.  
• How models are developed and used to simulate present and future environmental conditions.
The webinar is being held by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) for the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) Sentinel Monitoring and Climate Change work group. LISS is a partnership of the states of Connecticut and New York and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a mission to restore and protect Long Island Sound.  
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