Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting
Translational Ecology in Freshwater Science
Freshwater resources critically support ecosystem and human health. Future projections include widespread scarcity in some areas, and excess in others. Human impacts on freshwater influence both quantity (e.g., dams, groundwater, withdrawal) and quality (e.g., land use change, contaminant delivery). Climate change exacerbates these influences by altering temperatures, land cover, precipitation and runoff patterns, and the abundance, distribution, and diversity of aquatic organisms.
In the face of continuing environmental change and the magnitude of its complex and interacting effects on global freshwater, Translation Ecology (TE) provides a potential roadmap for freshwater science to inform real world decision-making. The foundational principles of TE include interdisciplinary collaboration, multidirectional engagement, long-term commitment, iterative communication, transparent and representative process, and a decision context that leads to actionable outcomes. Freshwater science is ideally suited for TE, and while we may have called it by other names, our community has a track record of providing some of the most compelling examples of TE success.