26th Annual International Wetlands Meeting (SWS2005)

Venue: Charleston Area Convention

Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 05, 2005 End Date/Time: Jun 10, 2005
Early Registration Date: May 06, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 14, 2005
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The South Atlantic Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) invites you to join them 5-10 June 2005 in Charleston, SC for a great meeting. The Conference will focus on ecological, landscape, and regulatory transformations using the wetlands typified by the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain as a model. This physiographic province contains by far the largest extent of wetlands in conterminus United States. The Coastal Plain is the last great place for the trapping, storage, and transformations of sediment and associated material (carbon, nutrients, and contaminants) before reaching critical estuarine habitats. These wetlands comprise large forested riparian areas, vast marshes, and isolated patches that support a socially and economically important biota. Human alterations of landscapes have directly and indirectly destroyed or impacted these wetlands, necessitating the need for continued and innovative management and regulatory protection.

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) will be meeting with SWS in 2005 and hosting three half-day symposia and a workshop.

Oral presentations for all contributed sessions will be 20 minutes long. This 20-minute period includes time (5 minutes suggested) for audience questions and answers. Presenters should use PowerPoint as their presentation format. Overhead projectors and 35 mm projectors are limited and will not be routinely available. Program spaces for contributed session presentations may be limited, please consider the Poster Session as a venue for presentation. Presentations and posters by individuals who have executed innovative research in the following topics are encouraged:

1. Isolated wetlands/Carolina Bays

2. Coastal/Estuary and tidal wetlands

3. Riverine wetlands

4. Vegetation dynamics/succession

5. Fauna, wood webs/habitat utilization

6. Wetland biogeochemistry

7. Wetland soils

8. Wetland geomorphology, hydrology, and hydraulics

9. Landscape ecology and watershed studies

10. Global climate change and wetland responses

11. Wetland classification, remote sensing, and delineation

12. Wetland restoration, mitigation, and habitat banking

13. Wetland ecosystems modeling, ecological economics, and adaptive management

14. Technologies in wetland restoration and remediation

15. Wetland contaminants and stressors

16. Invasive species, impacts on wetlands

17. Monitoring and Assessment

18. Wetland valuation (HGM, Wetland Continuum)

19. Ecological Risk Assessment, policy, and regulations

20. Wetland planning and conservation

21. Wetland education, public outreach, and community involvement

Special Symposia

Symposia are pre-arranged sessions in which the presenters generally have been invited to speak. Each symposium speaker will be allotted 20 to 30 minutes for an oral presentation, questions, and discussion.

All of the following symposia are proposed, details regarding organizer(s), chair, and specific information will be forthcoming. There is still time to propose a symposium, please contact symposia leader Greg Noe (gnoe@usgs.gov) soon, if you have an interest in the following symposia or an idea for one not listed. The technical Program Committee will be making final decisions regarding symposia sessions this fall; please check the meeting website for information and deadlines. Note that there is limited program space for symposia and the final list will be constrained.

Symposium presenters are highly encouraged to use PowerPoint as the format for their presentation. Overhead projectors and 35 mm slide projectors will not be routinely available, but may be available on request.

Proposed Symposia:

1. Sustainability of managed forested wetlands

2. Hydrology of low-gradient wetland dominated landscapes

3. Science and management of coastal wetland impoundments in the Southeast

4. Science and inventory of isolated wetlands

5. Use of remote sensing for wetland identification

6. Biogeochemical transformations and dynamics in forested wetlands

7. Science and management of coastal wetlands

8. Regulation of wetlands: coastal, isolated, riverine

9. Practical and applied wetland restoration

10. Wetland carbon sequestration, global wetland values and changes

11. Everglades ecology and restoration

12. Carolina Bay ecosystems: the state of our understanding

13. Wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay and tributary watersheds

14. How much science is enough? Measuring no net loss / net gain of wetlands (sponsored by ASWM)

15. How much science is enough? Assessing cumulative impacts to wetland resources (sponsored by ASWM)

16. How much science is enough? Collaborative efforts between wetland scientists and wetland managers (sponsored by ASWM)

17. Hurricane Hugo influence on the old-growth floodplain forest, plant, and animal communities at Four Holes Swamp, South Carolina

Proposed Workshops

1. Implementing Effective, Defensible Wetland Programs for Local Government. Half-day workshop sponsored ASWM. There is still time to propose a workshop. Please contact Cliff Hupp (crhupp@usgs.gov) if you are interested in conducting a workshop.

Poster Session

Posters will be on display throughout the week in the Convention Center. A 2-hour poster session and exhibitor’s reception will be held on Monday, June 6th, 2005 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Presenters are required to attend their posters during the Monday poster session to answer questions and discuss their work.


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