Call for papers: Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in Watersheds: Observing, Studying, and Managing Change

Call for papers: Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds (ICRW): Observing, Studying, and Managing for Change

Watersheds face resource impacts driven by accelerated change related to land use, population, and climate. About every three years a conference is held to bring together watershed researchers, observers, and managers to share scientific advances and management strategies. For the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, we will view watershed science with a continental perspective including pressing issues of watershed science and management in our largest and perhaps most vulnerable state, Alaska. The purpose of the conference is to better understand the processes driving change and help managers incorporate societal needs and scientific uncertainty in the management of natural resources. Please join us in Fairbanks September 26-30, 2011, for this next big step in sharing information about work in watersheds.

Proceedings will be published in time for the Conference as an online U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report. Publishing deadlines dictate that initial abstracts be submitted by January 28th with final peer-reviewed and approved manuscripts submitted by June 15.

Abstracts for presentations or posters are invited on the following topics, or other topics that you may wish to suggest, related to pristine or altered watersheds:

Observing Watersheds: Instrumentation, remote sensing, data management, observed trends.

Studying Watersheds: Research, analysis and interpretation of data, causes and effects, experimental approaches, cumulative effects, relationships, predictions, models. Drivers of change can include climate, land use, growth in population and water demand, wildfire, disease, insects, agriculture, mining, and energy development. Impacted goods and services include quantity and quality of water, biota and habitats, controls on carbon, nutrient, and sediment fluxes, aesthetics, and opportunities for education and recreation.

Managing Watersheds for change: Approaches to adaptive management, incorporation of uncertainty in decision making, prioritization of management actions. Collaborative approaches. Ecosystem restoration and strategies for adaptation, mitigation, and enhancement of resiliency.

The conference registration fee of $275.00 will cover the cost of the facilities, meals, Wednesday's field trip, and a CD of the Conference Proceedings. Student can apply to CUAHSI for registration assistance and local producers, managers, and users of watershed resources can request complimentary registration and meals. After July 1, the registration fee will increase to $325.00. Travel and lodging information, registration, and other details are available on the conference web site (