We are organizing a special session at the 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting on Sediment Transport Processes in Lakes, Estuaries, and Shallow Shelves. We invite you to submit an abstract to our session and join us in Orlando. The abstract submittal deadline is October 2, 2007. A copy of the session description is given below.
The link to the conference is: http://www.aslo.org/orlando2008. We hope that you will be able to join us.
054. Sediment Transport in Lakes, Estuaries, and Shallow Shelves
Organizers: Nathan Hawley, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, firstname.lastname@example.org; Courtney K. Harris, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, email@example.com; Barry M. Lesht, Argonne National Laboratory, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lawrence P. Sanford, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, email@example.com
The physical characteristics of many lakes, estuaries, and shallow shelves - relatively small volumes of water, shallow water depths, relatively long coastlines, and high loadings from rivers and shoreline sources - make them particularly susceptible to environmental degradation. In recent years human population pressures have increased the demands on these regions, and in many cases have resulted in an increase in the frequency and severity of unwanted effects, such as hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, excess turbidity, and high rates of sedimentation. The importance of sediment transport has become increasingly recognized since not only are many nutrients and anthropogenic pollutants transported by sediments, but sediment-induced turbidity also may limit the amount of light available for photosynthesis and visual predators. Recent advances in theoretical, observational, and numerical modeling techniques have led to increased understanding of these complex systems. The session encourages submissions covering any aspect of sediment transport in lakes, estuaries, and shallow shelves, including field observations, laboratory experiments, and modeling studies. Studies of physical forcing, sedimentary response, different modes of transport, biogeochemical feedbacks with sediment, and particle behavior are all welcomed.