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Critical Questions in Wetland Science
Kentula, M. AND A. Nahlik. Critical Questions in Wetland Science. Presented at Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, May 18 - 23, 2014.
Wetlands are transitional between terrestrial and aquatic environments. As such, they perform important ecological functions (e.g., nutrient cycling, flood abatement) providing a variety of ecosystem services on which humans rely. Wetlands are also one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. For example, the conterminous US lost 53% of its wetlands between 1800 and 2000; this loss continues. Methods are needed to identify where wetlands should be protected to ensure delivery of vital services and maintain a sustainable landscape, including where and how to effectively restore wetlands. Further, we need to understand how and where wetlands are vulnerable to climate change and the role of wetlands in affecting climate change. Answering these questions requires a landscape perspective and a broad range of research involving expertise in landscape ecology, wetland ecology, biology and microbiology, hydrology, soil biogeochemistry, assessment, modeling, and social science, especially economics. An ability to work collaboratively on teams to synthesize results into applications at watershed, regional, and national scales aimed at practical solutions for resource managers is essential and central to research at a federal environmental laboratory.
This session is focused on providing career oriented information on aquatic sciences. The presentation focuses on wetland science. The history, current status, and future of wetland science is discussed.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB
WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION
FRESHWATER ECOLOGY BRANCH