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Urbanization and stream ecology: Moving the bar on multidisciplinary solutions to wicked urban stream problems

August 22, 2022

Decades of research on the effects of urbanization on stream ecology have shown that urban stream problems are inherently wicked. These problems are wicked in the sense that they are difficult to solve because information is incomplete, changing, or conflicting and because finding potential solutions often requires input from stakeholders who can have conflicting and competing values. The 5th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology (SUSE5) in February 2020 brought together diverse perspectives from scientists, managers, practitioners, and local communities. Participants at SUSE5 discussed the state of the science in urban stream ecology and worked through in-depth case studies in teams to tackle complex real-world problems in urban stream management. The papers in this special series on urbanization and stream ecology include empirical research studies and synthesis papers sparked by discussions at SUSE5 and advance multidisciplinary solutions to wicked urban stream problems.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Urbanization and stream ecology: Moving the bar on multidisciplinary solutions to wicked urban stream problems
DOI 10.1086/721470
Authors Megan L. Fork, Kristina G. Hopkins, Jessica Chappell, Robert J. Hawley, Sujay S. Kaushal, Brian M. Murphy, Blanca Ríos-Touma, Allison H. Roy
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Freshwater Science
Index ID 70235795
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown, South Atlantic Water Science Center