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Annual Meeting

Sacramento, California, USA
May 21-26, 2016

Website: http://sfsannualmeeting.org/archive/2016/


Running on Empty: Increasing Demands on Freshwater Resources in the Face of a Changing Climate

In many regions of the developed and developing world, large human populations live in arid environments that out of necessity depend on scarce or imported water. This is certainly true in California and the Western US where a complex infrastructure of dams, canals, and groundwater extraction provide freshwater for some of the world's most productive farms and some of the world's most opulent living conditions. Compounding this insatiable demand for freshwater is the effects that variable environmental conditions of a warming climate, changing precipitation, and increasing frequency and severity of droughts have on over-taxed water supplies.

While water resource managers contemplate these issues, the farms and cities keep consuming, despite dwindling supplies. The 2016 meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science will be held in Sacramento California at a time when the State is experiencing the worst drought in its modern history. Although droughts are not uncommon in the Western US and other semi-arid regions of the world, expanding human populations have accelerated the loss of freshwater resources and the impacts to aquatic organisms. The theme of the 2016 meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science will focus on declining freshwater availability and explore issues of freshwater depletion, the consequences for freshwater ecosystems, and potential solutions.

Key Dates

  • Special Session Call for Papers
    June 8 - October 16, 2015
  • Advance Registration Opens
    October 31 - March 11, 2016
  • Special Session Selection
    October 19 - November 6, 2015
  • Abstract System Opens
    November 9 - January 29, 2016
  • Special Session Review Period
    February 1-12, 2016
  • Abstract Selection - Schedule Committee Meets
    February 16-18, 2016
  • Presenters Notified
    March 7-9, 2016
  • Regular Registration Opens
    March 12-20, 2016
  • Student Volunteer Scheduling
    April 4, 2016
  • Program Guide Deadline
    April 15, 2016
  • Hotel Room Block Deadline
    April 29, 2016


What's New
  • Making Waves Ep. 23: Freshwater Salinization, Dr. Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles more
  • Announcement of SFS Endorsement of the March for Science more
  • March 2017 Issue of Freshwater Science now online more
  • 2017 Instars Fellowship applications now available more
  • What's happenin'? Find out the news In The Drift... more
  • Emily Bernhardt's President's Environment: Be Kind more
  • Read the Spring 2016 issue of in the drift! more
  • Upcoming deadlines for the Fourth Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology

  • New BRIDGES cluster highlights rapid evidence synthesis in environmental causal assessments

  • New publication describes the fate and ecological effects of amphetamine on biofilm, seston, and aquatic insect communities

  • SFS Bibliography Update:  The 2014 SFS Bibliography is available. 

  • New publication describes dataset developed to assess aquatic condition and watershed integrity


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