Hydroecological Responses to Climate Change in Northern Catchments
29th Aug - 1st September 2010, Aviemore, Scotland, UK.
The goal of this North-watch workshop III in Aviemore was to expose each other to the different ways of looking at linkages between hydrology and structural-functional relationships of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in northern catchments in the context of a changing climate. Our aim is to try and better understand the complex feedback between catchment hydrological response to climatic forcing and the complex feedbacks between landscape and ecosystem response.
- What are the structural-functional relationships of different eco-hydrological units within landscapes? How sensitive are these different units to climate and/or land-use changes?
- How do we characterise complex feedbacks between climate, hydrological processes and the response of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
- How can we capture variability and eco-hydrological change in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems? Are there ecologically meaningful indices to link change to hydro-climatic forcing?
- How can we improve the prediction of nonlinearities, thresholds and the likely response of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems?
- Doerthe Tetzlaff: Introduction to the Northwatch International Network
- Chris Soulsby: Introduction to Workshop III
Invited Speaker Presentations
- Klement Tockner (Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, Berlin): Structure-function relationship in coupled aquatic-terrestrial ecosystems
- Iain Malcolm (Marine Scotland, Freshwater Lab, Pitlochry): In-stream perspective: Influence of hydroclimatic forcing on stream temperatures - role of riparian management on ecosystem response
- Philip Wookey (University of Stirling): Landscape perspective: Dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems in the face of climate and environmental change (importance of ecosystem feedbacks)
- Angela Gurnell (Queen Mary, University of London): Observation of instream ecology: linking hydrology, ecology and fluvial morphology
- Phil Bacon (Marine Scotland, Freshwater Lab, Pitlochry): Modelling the response of aquatic ecosystems to climate change: a Scottish example of Atlantic Salmon
- Jim Buttle: Workshop III Synthesis
Canadian colleagues in deep discussion!
The workshop participants (back, from left to right: Angela Gurnell, Phil Wookey, Hjalmar Laudon,
Chris Soulsby, Jan Seibert, Kevin McGuire, Iain Malcolm, Jeff McDonnell, Laura Kruitbos.
Front row, from left to right: Phil Bacon, Jim Buttle, Sean Carey, Doerthe Tetzlaff, Klement Tockner).
Field Trip Photos
The Allt a' Mharcaidh catchment
The Feshie catchment
The Feshie catchment