Come hell or high water? Rain, rising seas, and fecal contamination at the coast

Natalie Nelson, Associate Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, North Carolina State University

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Elevated fecal bacteria concentrations in nearshore waters pose risks to public health, specifically by threatening the safety of recreational waters and sanitation of wild and farmed shellfish. This talk will describe her team’s experience creating forecasts and nowcasts to support fecal contamination risk mitigation, and characterizing emerging contamination threats driven by tidal flooding and sea level rise.


Natalie Nelson is an Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar in the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. She received her PhD and BS from the University of Florida in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Hydrologic Sciences. Her lab characterizes and models nonpoint source pollution in inland and coastal waters, and takes a watershed-scale approach to studying where and why nonpoint source pollution occurs.