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Synthesis and conclusions to the international symposium on ecohydrology, biotechnology and engineering: Towards harmony between the biogeosphere and society on the basis of Long-Term Ecosystem Resear, 2014


Moss, B., Bidoglio, G., Pietrowsky, R., Breil, P., Bourgeron, P., Cullmann, J., Arduino, G., Jasser, I., Magnuszewski, A., Orenstein, D., Piper, G., Ratajski, S., Xia, J., Krauze, K., Wagner, I., Zalewski, M.


Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology 14 :1-13
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2014.03.001
NWT Accession Number: NWT1910

Abstract

We live in a period that may eventually be formally designated the Anthropocene (Zalasiewicz et al., 2010), when almost 70% of the Earth’s land surface has been converted to agricultural and pastoral ecosystems (anthromes), and the ocean has been significantly changed chemically and through overfishing. It is widely believed that humanity may be exceeding the capacity of Earth to sustain our present population indefinitely (Hughes et al., 2013), not least through high population and degradation of the global environment, aggravated by climate change. It is an ultimate tragedy of the commons (Hardin, 1968). Our future requires a paradigm shift towards more sustainable management of natural resources. The future of nature management depends on changing the way individuals think about the environment and its impact on human well-being, on how decision makers consider and treat environmental values, on how scientists communicate their findings, and whether funds are mobilized to solve environmental problems (Mirtl and Krauze, 2007). Water has been the key driver of biogeochemical evolution of the biosphere and will continue to be the main limiting factor in achieving sustainable development in many areas of the world. Our existence on Earth inevitably depends on our ability to understand, maintain or restore fundamental long-term climatic, hydrological and ecological processes both locally and globally. Prioritizing short-term management and growth economies, we risk an uncertain future for both human and natural systems.

Keywords

long-term ecological research trends, ecohydrology, ecosystem services, socio-ecological systems, river basin modeling, nexus of environmental knowledge and engineering

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Socio-ecological systemsHydrologyClimatology/meteorology

Citation

Moss, B., Bidoglio, G., Pietrowsky, R., Breil, P., Bourgeron, P., Cullmann, J., Arduino, G., Jasser, I., Magnuszewski, A., Orenstein, D., Piper, G., Ratajski, S., Xia, J., Krauze, K., Wagner, I., Zalewski, M., (2014) Synthesis and conclusions to the international symposium on ecohydrology, biotechnology and engineering: Towards harmony between the biogeosphere and society on the basis of Long-Term Ecosystem Resear. Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology 14 :1-13 , DOI: 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2014.03.001

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