NCEAS Project 2190

Fresh water and environmental change: The ecological consequences of altered hydrological regimes

  • Robert J. Naiman

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow1st July 1999—31st August 2001Participant List  
Working Group16th—23rd October 1999Participant List  
Working Group5th—11th January 2000Participant List  
Working Group5th—9th June 2000Participant List  
Working Group6th—12th January 2001Participant List  

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The environment, as well as human societies, depends on fresh water and the resources associated with it. Unfortunately, abundant evidence suggests that freshwater resources are being rapidly depleted and their quality severely degraded. In addition, even though it is widely recognized that predicting the future vitality of altered freshwater environments is complex, scientists and managers are increasingly called on to provide predictions. The purpose of the proposed NCEAS working group activity is to address the ecological consequences of altered water regimes in a future world. The specific objectives are: (1) To identify and acquire available data bases on regional trends in water regimes and make a preliminary evaluation of their completeness and accuracy. (2) To analyze the data bases in terms of projected impacts on freshwater biodiversity (including invasions), productivity, and resistance/resilience to unusual disturbances. (3) To provide alternative scenarios for aquatic ecosystem management using modeling approaches. The spatial scope will be global and the temporal scope will focus on the next 2-3 decades. The activities will be coordinated with relevant International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) bodies such as the Scientific Committee on Water Resources (SCOWAR) and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), as well as the International Hydrological Programme (IHP, UNESCO).

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Beighley, Edward; Moglen, Glenn E. 2002. Trend assessment in rainfall-runoff behavior in urbanizing watersheds. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. Vol: 7(1). Pages 27-34.
Journal Article Benda, Lee; Poff, N. LeRoy; Tague, Christina; Palmer, Margaret A.; Pizzuto, James E.; Cooper, Scott D.; Stanley, Emily H.; Moglen, Glenn E. 2002. How to avoid trainwrecks when using science in environmental problem solving. BioScience. Vol: 52. Pages 1127-1136.
Presentations Brooks, Shane; Palmer, Margaret A. 2001. Land use impacts on the functioning of streams in urban environments. North American Benthological Society Annual Meetings, June 2001. LaCrosse, WI.
Journal Article Hejazi, Mohamad I.; Moglen, Glenn E. 2008. The effect of climate and land use change on flow duration in the Maryland Piedmont region. Hydrological Processes. Vol: 22. Pages 4710-4722. (Online version)
Presentations Moglen, Glenn E.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Pizzuto, James E. 2001. Land use change in the Chesapeake Bay region and stream ecosystems, April 2001. Athens EPA Lab. Athens, GA.
Book Chapter Moglen, Glenn E. 2002. Frequency analysis under nonstationary land use conditions. Edited by McCuen, R. H.. Modeling Hydrologic Change. CRC Press. Boca Raton. Pages 367-385.
Journal Article Moglen, Glenn E.; Beighley, Edward. 2002. Spatially explicit hydrologic modeling of land use change. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol: 38(1). Pages 241-253.
Journal Article Naiman, Robert J.; Bunn, Stuart E.; Nilsson, Christer; Petts, Geoff E.; Pinay, Gilles; Thompson, Lisa C. 2002. Legitimizing fluvial ecosystems as users of water: An overview. Environmental Management. Vol: 30(4). Pages 455-467.
Journal Article Nilsson, Christer; Pizzuto, James E.; Moglen, Glenn E.; Palmer, Margaret A.; Stanley, Emily H.; Bockstael, Nancy; Thompson, Lisa C. 2003. Ecological forecasting and the urbanization of stream ecosystems: Challenges for economists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and ecologists. Ecosystems. Vol: 6(7). Pages 659-674.
Presentations Palmer, Margaret A. 2001. The ecological consequences of changing land use for running waters: The suburban Maryland case. Symposium Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, August 2001. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Madison, WI.
Presentations Palmer, Margaret A. 2001. The ecological consequences of changing land use for running waters with a case study of urbanizing watersheds in Maryland. Workshop on Human Populations and Freshwater, March 2001. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University.
Journal Article Palmer, Margaret A.; Moglen, Glenn E.; Bockstael, Nancy; Brooks, Shane; Pizzuto, James E.; Wiegand, Cameron; VanNess, Keith. 2002. The ecological consequences of changing land use for running waters, with a case study of urbanizing watersheds in Maryland. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Bulletin Series. Vol: 107. Pages 85-113.
Journal Article Strayer, David L.; Beighley, Edward; Thompson, Lisa C.; Brooks, Shane; Nilsson, Christer; Pinay, Gilles; Naiman, Robert J. 2003. Effects of land cover on stream ecosystems: Roles of empirical models and scaling issues. Ecosystems. Vol: 6. Pages 407-423. (Abstract) (Online version)
Journal Article Tague, Christina; Grant, Gordon. 2004. A geological framework for interpreting the low-flow regimes of Cascade streams, Willamette River Basin, Oregon. Water Resources Research. Vol: 40.
Presentations Thompson, Lisa C. 2001. Predicting ecological responses in streams from land use change and hydrological change. EcoLunch Seminar, March 2001. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Santa Barbara, California.