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Freshwater science for the benefit of society: a perspective from early career researchers

Brownlie, Will J.; Woods, Helen J.; Waters, Kate E.; Moore, Alanna L.; Bruce, Alannah M.; Olszewska, Justyna P.; Ives, Stephen C.. 2017 Freshwater science for the benefit of society: a perspective from early career researchers. Inland Waters, 7 (2). 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/20442041.2017.1326793

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Abstract/Summary

This research brief summarises the views of a group of early career freshwater researchers on 3 questions: What are the greatest threats to freshwater resources and how will they change over the next century? Is freshwater science effectively utilised to help society adapt to these threats? How will we ensure the benefits of freshwater science are reaped by society into the future? To address these questions we reviewed the current literature and discussed our findings in a series of group meetings. We concluded that freshwater resources will be most threatened by population growth, climate change, and eutrophication in the future. We provide examples of how the utilisation of freshwater science by society is reliant on effective monitoring systems, data sharing, and effective communication of topical scientific evidence to both the public and policy makers. Developments in these fields increase the likelihood of society benefitting from past and future research in freshwater science.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/20442041.2017.1326793
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Dise
Watt
ISSN: 2044-2041
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: climate change, cross-disciplinary, eutrophication, freshwater resources, knowledge exchange, population growth, scientific communication, societal behaviours
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 31 Oct 2017 17:30 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/518182

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