Submitted to: American Water Resources Association Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: April 4, 2004
Publication Date: June 28, 2004
Citation: Lowrance, R.R. 2004. Riparian ecosystems and buffers: multi-scale structure, funtion, and management. R. Lowrance (ed.). American Water Resources Assoc., Middleburg, VA (Compact Disk). Interpretive Summary: This is the proceeding of the Second Quadrennial American Water Resource Association Riparian Specialty Conference. The conference was held to provide a forum to update people working on riparian zones and buffers with the latest information on research and management of these systems. The proceedings contain 52 papers and 52 abstracts that provide updates on the latest research, technology, and applications on riparian ecosystems and buffer zones. The 104 papers and abstracts in these proceedings represent work from specialists across the United States and from 6 foreign countries. The increased scientific understanding and practical knowledge in these proceedings will be used to help land managers make better-informed decisions about the management of riparian systems. In addition, the proceedings will help researchers key questions concerning the structure, function, and management of riparian systems and buffers. A limited number of CD copies of the proceedings are available at no cost from Dr. Richard Lowrance, USDA-ARS, Tifton, GA by emailing him at Lorenz@tifton.usda.gov.
Technical Abstract: Over the past 25 years, water resource specialists worldwide have become increasingly aware of the importance of riparian ecosystems in determining the quantity and quality of water in watersheds. Buffer systems, often combined with riparian ecosystems, are of increasing importance for the protection and management of water resources in managed landscapes. Understanding the hydrology and water quality functions of these sytems is essential to understanding watersheds regardless of the degree of human influence. As this understanding has grown, the scientific record has become adequate to allow the convening of a regular conference by the American Water Resources Association to provide a forum for new research, management, and case studies of buffers and riparian ecosystems. This is the proceedings of the Second Quadrennial AWRA Riparian Specialty Conference. The purpose of this conference was to provde a forum to update people working on riparian zones and buffers with the latest information on research and management of these systems. The publication of 104 papers and abstracts in this proceedings has achieved this goal. This volume provides an update on the latest research, technology, and applications on riparian ecosystems and buffer zones.