Toward Understanding Teleconnections that Influence Ecosystem Resilience
Successful local conservation efforts must account for both local and remote influences, the latter of which can be more difficult to identify and quantify. For example, the hydrological connectivity of central U.S. river systems leads to environmental problems downstream, such as the Mississippi River Delta. Understanding these “teleconnections” and their influence on the ecosystems and ecosystem services of the region can be key to finding management strategies that work.
Established in October 2018, the Understanding Teleconnections that Influence Ecosystem Resilience Working Group has seven members:
Elinor Martin (co-lead), University of Oklahoma
Bob Rohli, Louisiana State University
Dave Gutzler, University of New Mexico
Greg Sneddon (co-lead), USGS Wetland & Aquatic Research Center
Jack Friedman, University of Oklahoma
Wayne Kellogg, Chickasaw Nation
Research questions of interest:
- What teleconnections exist between remote patterns of large-scale natural climate variability and ecosystem services in the South-Central U.S.?
- How can this knowledge be applied to better inform natural resource management practices, leading to more successful results?