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Ecological and Physiological Impacts of Salinization of Aquatic Systems from Human Activities

A joint symposium presented by the Delta Science Program and the U.C. Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

9:00-4:30 PM


UC Davis
Student Community Center – Multipurpose Room
Davis, CA 95616


Video recording, agenda, and speaker bios

Save the Date flyer


The symposium covered the impending salinization of Delta and estuarine systems as an under-appreciated component of global climate change. Globally, the interface of freshwater and coastal ecosystems are critically important environments for biodiversity, as they provide habitat for many species of concern. This is particularly relevant to the Bay-Delta system, where a network of tidal wetlands and freshwater rivers are at risk of increased salinization. This symposium brought together leading environmental physiologists, evolutionary biologists, and ecosystem modelers interested in the capacity for Delta/estuarine organisms to cope with salinity. The event provided an opportunity to interface with researchers and managers focused on the Bay-Delta region from Sacramento to San Francisco. The goals of the symposium were to share ideas on the physiological, ecological, and evolutionary mechanisms of salinity adaptation and how such information can be used to forecast biological impacts and better manage the Bay-Delta ecosystem in the face of sea level rise and other anthropogenic influences.


This event was free and open to the public.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)