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Vermont Water Resources & Lake Studies Center

Geological Society of America sessions of interest

Note abstract deadline of 14 Aug 2012

T96. Riparian Ecohydrology and Stream-Aquifer Interactions: Fluxes across the Surface-Subsurface Interface
Conveners: Adam Ward, Steven Loheide, Laurel Larsen, Christopher Lowry, Eric Booth
Riparian zones exist as a unique interface between hillslope, aquatic, and subsurface environments. While previous research has generally considered the riparian zone as grossly influenced by its boundaries, it is now recognized that internal dynamics and feedbacks within the riparian zone itself have important implications for its ecological function. The flux of water, solutes, and particulate matter through the riparian zone is a primary determinant of the observed biological and chemical signatures unique to riparian zones. These fluxes are, as yet, poorly quantified and their implications for biological communities, biogeochemical cycling, stream morphology, and riparian vegetation poorly understood. This session invites studies of the riparian zone as a mediator for fluxes of water, solutes, and particulate matter through coupled stream-aquifer-hillslope systems, feedbacks between these end-members, and the implications of these processes for water quality and ecosystem structure and function including ecohydrology in the riparian zone.    
 
T89. Groundwater–Surface Water Interactions: Approaches for Improved Decision Making for Water Resource Issues
Conveners: Brewster Conant, Jr., Donald O. Rosenberry
To what extent has improved understanding of groundwater-surface water interactions led to better management? Examples of good science leading to better management are sought regarding issues related to water supply, ecological impacts, or water-resource contamination.
 
T105. Groundwater–Surface Water Interactions: Advances in Measurement and Modeling Techniques
Andrea E. Brookfield, Brewster Conant, Christine Hatch
Groundwater–surface water interactions are complex and difficult to characterize. This session focuses on new and innovative field, laboratory and modeling methods for identifying and quantifying these interactions across a range of temporal and spatial scales.
 
Session Chair
Adam Ward
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