Department of Geography and the Environment

The Need for Truly Transdisciplinary Approaches to Address Cumulative Watershed Effects: Examples from the Northeastern Caribbean by Dr. Carlos Ramos Scharrón

Fri, March 2, 2012 | GRG 102

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A Puerto Rican Watershed
A Puerto Rican Watershed

The inevitable imprint on the landscape induced by the human utilization of natural resources is not only directly evidenced by the resources being utilized but is also shared by other components of the landscape.

While the concept of cumulative watershed effects provides a framework by which the long-term effects of human activities on water resources can be assessed, in its practical application it generally fails in integrating disciplines, non-traditional tools, and strategies needed in order for those impacts to be truly addressed.

This research talk by Dr. Carlos Ramos Scharrón presents examples from the Northeastern Caribbean where multidisciplinary approaches have yielded only very limited and localized improvements in the quality of water resources being impacted by human activities.

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