World Resource Institute

About This Project

WRI’s research has found that one of the primary impediments to effectively addressing eutrophication is lack of public awareness of what eutrophication is, what its impacts are, the causes and drivers of eutrophication, and the extent to which freshwater and coastal ecosystems experience eutrophication. To address this obstacle, WRI, in partnership with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), has developed this eutrophication website to serve as an information portal on the subject of eutrophication and hypoxia. The purpose of the website is to promote transparency, exchange information, provide media resources, and create a social network around these issues. By providing accurate, reliable, and comprehensive information about the causes, effects, and location of eutrophication worldwide, WRI and VIMS aspire to:

  • raise awareness and support among the media, policy-makers and the public on the issues surrounding eutrophication and nutrient pollution;
  • provide information and resources on the subject of eutrophication and hypoxia to the media, policy-makers and the public;
  • increase dialog and information exchange on issues surrounding eutrophication and sources of nutrient pollution; and
  • identify data gaps that exist for identifying areas impacted by eutrophication.

About Us

Mindy Selman a senior associate in the People and Ecosystems Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Her current research covers a variety of issues including water quality trading, eutrophication, and agricultural policy. She is working on the use of nutrient trading and other performance-based mechanisms for improving water quality in the U.S. In other research she is evaluating the global extent of eutrophication and the actions and policies that are necessary to mitigate the impacts of eutrophication.

Robert Díaz is a Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a Doctor Honoris Causa from Gothenburg University, Sweden, for his contributions to marine and estuarine ecology. Prof. Díaz has over 35 years of experience working on environmental issues in a variety of marine and freshwater habitats from the intertidal to the deep-sea. He has served on several science advisory and review committees for state and federal agencies. He specializes in documenting the effects of both natural and human disturbance to ecosystems. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effect of eutrophication and hypoxia (dead zones) on ecosystem services and functions. Currently he is advising agencies within the United Nations on approaches to reducing nutrient inputs and hypoxia to coastal ecosystems, and with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development on the impacts agricultural runoff will have on aquaculture.

About our Funders

This project was supported through a generous grant from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.