GM6.2/HS12.3/SSS11.1Connectivity in landscape dynamics (co-organized)
|Convener: Anthony Parsons | Co-Conveners: David Dunkerley , Ronald Pöppl , Saskia Keesstra , Thomas Hoffmann , Nikolaus J. Kuhn|
Connectivity has emerged in recent years as one powerful conceptual framework within which to understand the spatial pattern and temporal variability evident in a number of diverse fields.
The concept has had particular success in the field of catchment hydrology, but has also been employed in, for example, explaining rates of soil erosion by water, sediment and nutrient (C, N & P) export across landscapes in the study of aeolian processes and in fire propagation. This session invites contributions from all areas of soil science, hydrology, geomorphology, ecology and geochemistry illustrating or identifying the role of connectivity for ecology and geochemical cycles on a local, regional or global scale. Of particular interest are contributions that focus on the interactions between spheres considering current, past and future times scales. Empirical and modelling studies, those on transformation of nutrients during transport from the hillslope through the fluvial system, and those quantifying depositional settings are welcomed.
We hope to use the session to develop a debate that brings together hydrologists, ecologists, geomorphologists and agronomists that will generate the basis for an integrated theoretical framework.