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Sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco from Baker Beach

The Eden DTC team are running two sessions at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2010 in San Francisco. The AGU Fall meeting is one of the largest conferences in the geosciences with over 16,000 scientists from across the world attending.
Sim Reaney from the Eden DTC team, Phil Jordan from the Irish Agricultural Catchments Programme, and Andrew Sharpley from University of Arkansas are running a session on “Watershed Scale Experiments to Evaluate Environmental Policy Tools”. The outline of the session is: Watersheds are the principal scale and unit of policy management for water resources, water quality, non-point source pollution and ecology. Results gained from smaller scales cannot be upscaled to management scales due to lack of appropriate theory, non-linear scaling, pollution swapping and emergent features at the larger scales. These factors lead to uncertainty in interpreting impacts of management. Contributions are invited on watershed theoretical experimental frameworks, integrated approaches to field measurements and modeling, and evidence based evaluations of policy tools. Further details here.
Mark Wilkinson and Jennine Jonczyk from the Eden DTC team,  Peter Bajcsy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Miki Hondzo from University of Minnesota are running a session on “Watershed Sensor Networks and Novel Process Observations”. The outline of the session is: Recent technological advances allowing the potential to capture, transfer and visualise field measurements are growing. However, there are many fundamental hydrological and environmental issues to resolve; e.g. scale issues and watershed function. Models are often calibrated and validated with incomplete datasets. The establishment of environmental and virtual observatories must inform us of the actual state of our watersheds and supply the tools to quantify and assess the impacts of past and future management. Papers are invited which use latest field equipment including multi-parameter sensors for water quality, flow and ecology, pervasive networks, innovative sampling regimes, cyber-infrastructure and novel process visualisation. Further details here.
AGU will be accepting abstract submissions from the 21st July 2010.

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