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Title: Water: Challenges at the Intersection of Human and Natural Systems

There is a growing recognition about the critical role water plays in sustaining people and society. This workshop established dialog between disciplinary scientists and program managers from diverse backgrounds in order to share perspectives and broaden community understanding of ongoing fundamental and applied research on water as a complex environmental problem. Three major scientific themes emerged: (1) coupling of cycles and process, with emphasis on the role of interfaces; (2) coupling of human and natural systems across spatial and temporal scales; and (3) prediction in the face of uncertainty. In addition, the need for observation systems, sensors, and infrastructure; and the need for data management and synthesis were addressed. Current barriers to progress were noted as educational and institutional barriers and the integration of science and policy.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1046481
Report Number(s):
PNWD-3597
TRN: US201216%%321
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation; USDOE Office of Biological and Environmental Remediation
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; FORECASTING; MANAGEMENT; SENSORS; SYNTHESIS; WATER