The 10th biennial Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit will be held January 30-February 1, 2023, IN PERSON, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. This year’s theme will be Estuary on the Rise.
We are excited to share that on Day 2 of the Summit (Tuesday, January 31), the Delaware River Basin Commission’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change will once again host its Forum on Climate Change and the Delaware River Basin! The Forum will feature a conversation between government leaders to share climate planning and adaptation strategies throughout the Basin, and will highlight new science and opportunities for collaboration from various sectors.
Dr. Raymond Najjar, The Pennsylvania State University
Raymond Najjar is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Najjar has conducted research on a variety of topics in oceanography, climate science, and hydrology, with current interests focused on how coastal waters are influenced by climate change and pollution. In addition to synthesizing research on the climate of the Delaware Estuary and Basin as part of periodic assessments led by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Dr. Najjar has studied long-term changes in the salinity, dissolved oxygen, and tides of the estuary.
Dr. Philippe Hensel, NOAA; Part of the DRBC Climate Change Forum
Philippe Hensel is the chief of the Project Analysis Branch within the Operations and Analysis Division at NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Philippe oversees activities related to maintaining the integrity of the nation’s database of survey control. Since 2019, he is also part of a multi-agency team investigating vertical land motion in the wider Chesapeake Bay region. Since coming to NGS in 2006, Philippe has worked to bring high precision surveying applications to coastal scientists and resource managers (advancing the “sea level rise sentinel site” concept). Prior to coming to NGS, Philippe was a post-doc wetland ecologist with the USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Philippe has also been an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a course in wetland ecology and management. Philippe holds a PhD in coastal ecology and a Master’s degree in applied statistics from Louisiana State University, and a master’s degree in marine, estuarine, and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland.
Catrin Einhorn, The New York Times
Catrin Einhorn is a journalist who covers biodiversity, climate and the environment for The New York Times. She was part of a team of reporters that received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for exposing sexual harassment and misconduct in the American workplace.
Throughout her career, Ms. Einhorn has focused on narrative-driven work in print, film and audio. In July 2020, The Times and Netflix released “Father Soldier Son,” the Emmy-winning documentary she directed and produced with Leslye Davis.
Before coming to The Times, Ms. Einhorn was a public radio reporter and a Fulbright scholar in anthropology.
Since 2005, the goal of this biennial Summit has been to bring together scientists, managers, restoration practitioners, and educators from different sectors to share the latest scientific information, network, and make ecological linkages that promote a better understanding of the watershed as a whole. The central format is that of a conventional scientific meeting with abstracts, presentations and peer review Q&A. While the focus is on the watershed of the Delaware River and Bay, presentations are welcome from other areas if they help to inform our understanding of this system.
Potential presentation topics include:
Who should attend the summit?
View proceedings from past summits below:
|2021: Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit|
|2019: Estuary 2019 Saving Our System Through Collaboration|
|2017: Reflecting on Progress, Charting the Future|
|2015: Balancing Progress & Protection|
|2013: Weathering Change|
|2009: Planning for Tomorrow's Delaware Estuary|
|2007: Linking Science, Management, and Policy|
|2005: The State of Science in the Delaware Estuary|