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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.

Our Team

Established in October 2018, the Understanding Teleconnections that Influence Ecosystem Resilience team has 10 members:

Elinor Martin (co-lead), University of Oklahoma

Dave Gutzler, University of New Mexico

Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University

Jennifer Koch, University of Oklahoma

Greg Sneddon (co-lead), USGS Wetland & Aquatic Research Center

Jack Friedman, University of Oklahoma

Chaylum Hogue, Chickasaw Nation

Bob Rohli, Louisiana State University

Kristine DeLong, Louisiana State University

Paulina Cwik, University of Oklahoma

Our Projects

2020 Goals:

  • Review Paper on the atmospheric teleconnections impacting precipitation and temperature in the South Central US
  • Synthesis/Concept Paper on translating teleconnection concepts across atmospheric, ecological, and social systems.

How we plan to accomplish our goals:

  • Communication Plan:
    • Monthly conference calls
  • Writing Jamborees: 2-3 hour writing blocks with everyone involved
  • Meeting in May 2020 for final draft and submission