36th International Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium (BGS 2005)
Special Issue of the Journal
maroon hardbound copy of the Special Issue
(without maps) and
Niagara Field Trip Guide
(Field Trip Guide -
Chris S. Renschler,
LESAM Laboratory, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York,
Department of Geography, University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and
CRC for Freshwater Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia (then).
Field Trip Organization:
Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada,
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, and
Chris S. Renschler,
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
Sponsored by the
- National Science Foundation (Geography and Regional Science),
- SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines (State University of New
- UB College of Arts and Sciences (University at Buffalo), and
- UB Department of Geography (University at Buffalo).
Supported by the
- National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (University
- UB Blake Academic Success
Center (University at Buffalo), and
- UB Department of Geology (University at Buffalo).
With increasing pressures on natural resources and the environment,
there is a strong trend to manage rivers and watersheds as ecosystems.
This type of management requires a holistic, interdisciplinary approach
that simultaneously considers the physical, chemical, and biological
processes between ecosystem components, as well as the many different
connections within a network of ecosystems in a watershed. While
tremendous progress has been made in understanding ecosystems, there have
been significant consequences derived from the interdisciplinary nature of
the subject including:
- Gaps in understanding at the interface between disciplines;
- Disciplines focusing on specific scales or levels of organization or
- Sub-disciplines often becoming rich in detail developing their own view
points, assumptions, definitions, lexicons and methods.
These consequences impede the integration of various disciplines into a
single applied understanding of natural ecosystems because attempts to
produce an interdisciplinary outcome tend to remain dominated by the
paradigms familiar to component disciplines.
Image of landscape (August 1999):
Great Sand Dune National Park
For more information or comments please contact the BGS 2005 organizers at:
- +1 (716) 645-2722 ext. 23
- +1 (716) 645-2329
- Postal address
- 105 Wilkeson Quad, Buffalo, New York 14261, U.S.A.
- Electronic mail
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