Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Auburn University's Center for Forest Sustainability and the USFS Southern Center for Wildland-Urban Interfaces Research and Information announce the Call for Abstracts for our conference, Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking Land-Use Science and Society, to be held at the Sheraton Atlanta April 9-12, 2007.
We seek to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to share current research results and to identify knowledge gaps regarding the interaction between urbanization, land-use change, and natural resources. In particular, approaches that focus on integrating socioeconomic and ecological research will be highlighted.
Paper topics of interest include:
- How ecosystems are being altered by human influences: direct and indirect stressors
- Restoring/rehabilitating terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems altered by urbanization
- Evaluating changes to ecosystem goods and services along urban/rural gradients
- Monitoring and predicting human influences on landscapes and ecosystems
- How urbanization alters the characteristics of natural disturbances
- The relationship(s) between land-use policies and ecological processes/disturbances along wildland/urban interfaces
- Informing policy makers, natural resource professionals, and private citizens
- Spatial/scale aspects of land-use change
- Application of ecological research in land-use planning
- Ecosystem impacts on human communities (e.g., human health, economic well-being, political action)
- Urban agriculture
For more information go to http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/urbanruralinterfaces/. Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 31, 2006.