This session focuses on the dynamics and management of riparian ecosystems, including riverine wetlands and floodplains. Riparian zones occur at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial environments, and are also focal points for direct human modifications and indirect anthropogenic impacts. Further, riparian zones provide valued ecosystem services, such as floodwater storage, water quality amelioration, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Thus, riparian landscapes are typified by strong physical and ecological gradients and dynamics, as well as substantial human interaction. The study of riparian zones lends itself to analysis by geographers, who bring a variety of perspectives and methods to the understanding of these complex environments. In this session we hope to bring together geographers with diverse perspectives and approaches, e.g., those of biogeography, landscape ecology, paleoecology, geomorphology, GIS, hydrology, management, human-environment interactions, and planning.
|Presenter||John Kupfer*, University of South Carolina, The Evolving Nature of Riparian Landscape Ecology||20||2:40 PM|
|Presenter||Jacob Bendix*, Syracuse University, Robert T. Pavlowsky, Missouri State University, Derek J. Martin, Appalachian State University, Toby Dogwiler, Missouri State University, Impact of an Extreme Flood on Riparian Forests in the Missouri Ozarks||20||3:00 PM|
|Presenter||Ingrid Luffman*, East Tennessee State University, Urban floodplain management for flood mitigation and economic revitalization, Johnson City, TN||20||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Robert T. Pavlowsky, Missouri State University, Joseph Nash*, Missouri State University, Marc Owen, Missouri State University, Installation and geomorphic effects of engineered log structures for channel restoration in a Missouri Ozarks river||20||3:40 PM|
|Presenter||Gabrielle Katz*, Metropolitan State University Of Denver, Jessica Salo, University of Northern Colorado, Patterns of floodplain land cover change on the South Platte River, Colorado, USA||20||4:00 PM|
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