WSUV scientists can predict coastal dead zones

"Coastal dead zones are about as hospitable to marine life as their name implies. Although they are a persistent and growing problem around the globe, scientists couldn’t predict where they would develop until two Washington State University Vancouver scientists stepped in.

Daniel Reed, a research associate, and John Harrison, an associate professor in the School of the Environment, developed a model they call the Coastal Ocean Oxygen Linked to Benthic Exchange and Nutrient Supply. It’s used to predict where dead zones (low oxygen zones) will form in coastal waters around the world based how on population growth and agriculture and fossil fuel consumption will deliver large quantities of nutrients to the ocean."