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36th  International Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium (BGS 2005)

Special Issue of the Journal Geomorphology or the
Traditional maroon hardbound copy of the Special Issue
Final Program (without maps) and Abstract Proceedings
Niagara Field Trip Guide (Field Trip Guide - Introduction only).

Organizing Committee:
Chris S. Renschler, LESAM Laboratory, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York,
Martin Doyle, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and
Martin Thoms, CRC for Freshwater Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia (then).

Field Trip Organization:
Keith Tinkler, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada,
Marcus Bursik, 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 York),
- 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 at Buffalo),
- 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 interest; and, 
  • 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 and Preserve

Contact Information

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+1 (716) 645-2722 ext. 23
+1 (716) 645-2329
Postal address
105 Wilkeson Quad, Buffalo, New York 14261, U.S.A.
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