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Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry
Sentinels of Global Change
July 10-15, 2011
Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Related Meeting Information
The Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar. Please refer to the Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry GKRS web page for more information.

Sentinels are like canaries in the coal mine: they provide a watchful eye and serve as an early warning system in times of impending danger. Earth and ecosystem scientists have suggested this concept be stretched to include watersheds as sentinels of global change. While intriguing at first, we need to understand what watersheds are watching for, if they are watching for the right things, and if they are signalling warnings at the right time and we must consider if watersheds are universal in their ability to serve as sentinels, or if their usefulness depends on their geographic location (e.g., for catchments to be effective sentinels, must they exist close to a physical limit, like a freezing point for temperature or a wilting point for moisture?) and/or geographic scale (e.g., are first order catchments the best sentinels, or can large drainage basins or wetlands and lakes within the basins be effective sentinels?).

The 2011 Catchment Science Gordon Research Seminar and Conference will critically evaluate whether “sentinels” is a catchy anthropomorphism or a critical concept for catchment scientists. We will search for examples of Sentinels from the Past. Using historical datasets we will peer into the past to examine how watersheds responded to global change. Doing so will help answer what to measure, where to measure it, and if and when systems reach tipping points beyond which they cannot recover. It will also help answer if defining a reference condition from the past is appropriate for managing ecosystems in the present or future. We will explore possibilities of Sentinels for the Future. To predict the consequences of global change, functional traits of watersheds such as memory, synchronicity, resistance, resilience, recovery, adaptability, and transformability can be used to capture and subsume process complexity that occurs within watersheds. The identification of such functional traits allows coherent and reproducible patterns of watersheds processes to be identified - a basis for watershed comparison, classification and process prediction. We will present Breakthroughs in Measuring and Monitoring Global Change. Our ability to predict the consequences of global change on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of watersheds is a formidable challenge. We will focus on scientific and technological advances in watersheds sciences, the emergence of monitoring networks and strategic observatory zones, and the future of remotely sensed observations. Finally, we will showcase the relevance of Sentinels for Society. There is compelling evidence that global change is affecting ecosystem services from watersheds in many parts of the world. Managing the societal consequences of these changes in ecosystem services is one of the 21st Century’s major challenges to the prosperity and security of the global community. We will explore the realm of socio-ecological systems and the translation of the scientific warnings to societal responses.

Scientists attending this conference are encouraged to share their cutting-edge research - especially as it relates to our selected theme on Sentinels of Global Change. We are excited to introduce our first Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar (GRS) on Catchment Sciences which is a unique forum for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange ideas among peers. The GRS will feature two scientific sessions (selected from submitted abstracts), poster sessions, and a mentorship component focused on “Life after the PhD: How to get a job in catchment sciences”. Immediately following the GRS, the 11th GRC on Catchment Sciences will begin, including oral sessions (speakers selected by invitation), poster sessions, and moderated discussions.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by Co-Chairs and Vice Chair
8:00 pm - 9:30 pmSentinels of Global Change
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leaders: William McDowell (University of New Hampshire, USA) and Catherine Eimers (Trent University, Canada)
8:10 pm - 8:50 pmCharles Driscoll (Syracuse University, USA)
"The Road to Recovery of Adirondack Lakes from Acidic Deposition: Are We There Yet?"
8:50 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSentinels from the Past
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leaders: Ann-Kristin Bergström (Umeå University, Sweden) and Klement Tockner (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater and Inland Fisheries, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:35 amCharles Vorosmarty (The City College of New York, USA)
"Water for a Crowded Planet: Lessons from the U.S. Northeast Corridor"
9:35 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:15 amCoffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amAndrew Paterson (Dorset Environmental Research Centre, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Canada)
"Long-term Impacts from Multiple Stressors: The Story of Phosphorus in Canadian Shield Lakes"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amMartine Savard (Natural Resources Canada, Canada)
"Trees as Sentinels of Environmental Conditions: Isotope Dendrogeochemistry to Infer Past Changes in Air Quality"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmLeRoy Poff (Colorado State University, USA)
"The Hydrologic Past as Guide to the Ecological Future of Rivers"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSentinels from the Past
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmMorning Wrap-up with Discussion Leaders: Ann-Kristin Bergström (Umeå University, Sweden) and Klement Tockner (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater and Inland Fisheries, Germany)
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmRising Star #1: Selected by peer evaluation of presentations at GRS
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:50 pmKevin Bishop (Uppsala University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
"Looking Backwards to See Hazards Ahead in Murky Boreal Waters: An Endorsement with Reservations"
8:50 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSentinels for the Future
Introduction by Discussion Leader: Kathleen Lohse (Idaho State University, USA) and Stephen Sebestyen (USDA Forest Service, Center for Research on Ecosystem Change, USA)
9:00 am - 9:35 amKathleen Weathers (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA)
"Considering Lakes as Sentinels: Some Abiotic-biotic Opportunities, Puzzles, and Revelations from Across the Globe"
9:35 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:15 amCoffee Break / Group Photo
10:15 am - 10:45 amCarmen de Jong (University of Savoy, France)
"Gambling with Nature and Climate Change: Mountains as Sentinels for the Future"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amNikolai Friberg (National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark)
"Arctic Streams as Sentinels for Future Changes in Ecosystem Structure and Functioning"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmPatricia Soranno (Michigan State University, USA)
"Freshwater Landscapes: Consideration of Composition, Configuration and Scale"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSentinels for the Future
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWrap-Up with Discussion Leaders: Kathleen Lohse (Idaho State University, USA) and Stephen Sebestyen (USDA Forest Service, Center for Research on Ecosystem Change, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:00 pmRising Star #2: Selected by peer evaluation of presentations at GRS
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:50 pmNancy Grimm (Arizona State University, USA)
"Ecosystem Processes and Services in Catchments Undergoing Rapid Urbanization: Can Designed Ecosystems Be Resilient and Adaptable?"
8:50 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBreakthroughs in Measuring and Monitoring Global Change
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leaders: Stephanie Kampf (Colorado State University, USA) and Jan Seibert (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
9:05 am - 9:35 amGabriel Bowen (Purdue University, USA)
"Gradients, Boundaries, and Anomalies: Mapping Sources and Transport of Water Using Isoscapes"
9:35 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:15 amCoffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amTy Ferré (University of Arizona, USA)
"Signatures and Sentinel Measurements - New Approaches to Use Geophysics for Catchment Scale Research"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amChris Soulsby (University of Aberdeen, UK)
"Intercomparison of Experimental Catchments for Exploring Synchronicity in Regional Response to Global change"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmJulia Jones (Oregon State University, USA)
"Water Supply Sensitivity and Ecosystem Resilience to Land Use Change, Climate Change, and Climate Variability at Long-term Ecological Research Sites"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBreakthroughs in Measuring and Monitoring Global Change
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWrap-Up with Discussion Leaders: Stephanie Kampf (Colorado State University, USA) and Jan Seibert (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmRising Star #3: Selected by peer evaluation of presentations at GRS
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:50 pmLawrence Band (Outgoing Chair, Board of Directors, CUAHSI, University of North Carolina, USA)
"Catchment Informatics: Integrated Observations and Models of Watershed Behaviour"
8:50 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSentinels and Society
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leaders: Lotta Andersson (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden) and Norman Yan (York University, Canada)
9:05 am - 9:35 amKit Rutherford (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand)
"Social and Economic Components of Catchment Science - Examples of Maintaining Ecosystem Services in New Zealand Lakes and Rivers"
9:35 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:15 amCoffee Break
10:15 am - 10:45 amNigel Roulet (McGill University, Canada)
"Environmental biogeochemists, honest brokers, and their role in the policy arena"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 11:30 amCasey Brown (University of Massachusetts, USA)
"Hydromorphology: Where the Watershed Ends"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmMartin Beniston (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
"Multiple Social and Economic Impacts of Shifts in Mountain Water Resources in a Warmer Climate"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmSentinels and Society
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWrap-Up with Discussion Leaders: Lotta Andersson (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden) and Norman Yan (York University, Canada)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmClaudia Pahl-Wostl (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
"Building the Foundations for Adaptive Water Management in the Face of Global Change"
8:20 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:30 pmReview of Conference Highlights with Discussion Leaders: Lotta Andersson (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden) and Norman Yan (York University, Canada). Are Catchments Sentinels of Global Change? Emerging Themes from the Conference
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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