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Joint Conference of: 9TH INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Annual Conference and Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference - 2012
Held June 3-8, 2012
Wetlands exist at the interface between terrestrial and aquatic environments. The 2 billion acres (approximately 800 million hectares) of wetlands on Earth are spread throughout all climates except the Antarctica. Although wetlands occupy only about 6% of the total landscape, their overall role from the regional to global scale is much greater than their area.
Wetlands are sources, sinks, and transformers of materials and habitats for diverse life forms. They are a source of food, fiber, and clean water for humans, a carbon sink and source, may reduce flood damage, be a site for groundwater reservoirs, be a sink for pollutants, an agent of chemical transformation, a buffer for climate change, and a corridor for migrating animals. Wetlands are complex ecosystems because they are driven by many physical, chemical, and biological processes. This complexity means that understanding wetland ecosystems requires an interdisciplinary approach that engages many specializations, including biology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, ecology, hydrology, pedology, to mention a few.
While many management practices are compatible, not all are adequate to protect wetland resources and sustain wetland values and functions. Climate change, in particular, is one of the major threats to the sustainability and integrity of many ecosystems, including wetlands. Some questions of immediate concern are: (1) how will wetland ecosystem services be affected by changing climatic condition, and (2) are the current adaptive management practices used compatible or adequate to sustain, protect and preserve wetlands and its functions and values?
The 9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference provided an opportunity to review and collaborate on advances in wetland science in ecological, physical, biogeochemical and social sciences pertinent to wetland management and policy. The conference was a forum to discuss threats, challenges and integrated solutions for sustainable restoration and management of wetlands in our changing world.
Items of Interest:
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- Poster Directory (pdf)
- Speaker Presentations
- Abstract Book (pdf)
- Visit Conference Website
- Fire, Water, Soil and Sea Level Can Influence the Position of Mangrove - Marsh Ecotones Through Time
- Patterns in Fire - The Recorded History of Fire in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve
- Habitat Assessment for Smalltooth Sawfish, Pristis Pectinata, Along the Southwestern Coast of Florida
- Fire, water, soil and sea level influence the position of mangrove-marsh ecotones through time
- Patterns in fire-the recorded history of fire in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve
- Tracking everglades fire scar vegetation recovery through archival Landsat
- Predicting and detecting consequences of SLR and storm surges on coastal vegetation regime shifts
- Using modern hurricane wind data to supplement hydrodynamic hindcast and futurecast models
- Estimation of land-surface elevation using aerial photos and parameter estimation techniques for hindcast modeling of Everglades hydrology
- The drowning of a coastal estuary: how hurricanes and sea-level rise altered Big Sable Creek
- Climate means, trends and extremes in the everglades: historical data and future projections
- Investigating hydrologic scenarios with climate change and ecosystem process feedback using hindcast and futurecast modeling
- Strengthening the century-scale global estimate of mangrove organic carbon burial rates
- Organic carbon burial rates in southwestern Everglades mangrove sediments
- Partitioning root zone and deep sediment dynamics using paired surface elevation tables in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
- The role of crab burrows as preferential conduits for tidal water in low hydraulic conductivity mangrove peat in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
- Modeling coastal vegetation community succession using the Everglades Landscape Vegetation Succession model