This conference will explore hydrological, geochemical, and biological connectivity between and among various aquatic systems, and characterize emergent effects of this connectivity across space and time. It will also address the policy, legal, economic, regulatory, societal, and related aspects of connectivity.
Over the last several decades, researchers have recognized the importance of ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical connections among individual aquatic systems. Understanding these connections and their functions requires research to "connect the dots" by examining how individual ecosystem components connect, interact, and affect other ecosystems across space and time. Connectivity describes the degree to which landscape components, such as aquatic and terrestrial elements of a watershed, are joined by various transport mechanisms.
Oral and poster presentations on aquatic system connectivity (ASC) will focus on connections within, between, and among individual landscape and watershed components and aquatic systems, from ridge to reef (e.g., wetlands, lakes, streams, rivers, soils, aquifers, estuaries, and oceans).