SCCS-Bangalore, Workshop Outline – 25th Sep 2013. All sessions include 5 minutes for Q & A
Handouts will be provided to participants with details of each session and relevant readings and bibliography will also be provided. Everything will be sent by email after the workshop.
Freshwater ecosystems: global importance, structure and function
The world’s freshwater environments, river ecosystem processes, flow and flood regimes, basic hydrology and geomorphology
(0900 – 0930)
Relevant freshwater habitats around your field site: their conservation importance, biodiversity, importance for your subject, linking terrestrial questions to freshwater systems around you, what difficulties you have faced in planning ecological studies?
Unifying conceptual frameworks to think about riverine ecosystems and studying them
Rivers and wetlands: description of ecological processes, ecological similarities and comparisons with terrestrial systems, Concepts of scale, hierarchy and dynamism
30 mins (1005-1035)
Basic field techniques: Hydrology and biophysical parameters
Freshwater habitat covariates, metrics of river health and condition, landscape variables
Freshwater systems in the real world: Interactive Session
Threats facing freshwater: Dams and other flood control structures, flow alterations, channel stabilization and channelization, industries, agriculture, mining, loss of habitats, invasive species, fisheries collapse.
Need to understand river ecosystem alterations for conceptualizing ecological studies, shifting baselines, landscape history.
TN, RA with inputs from others
(1100-1120 and 1130-1150)
including 10-minute tea break
Freshwater biodiversity overview
Overview of plants and invertebrate community diversity, ecology and threats
RA, VA, NK
25 mins (1150-1215)
Freshwater Biodiversity (1)
Fishes, Amphibians: diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer
Lunch Break 1300-1400
Freshwater Biodiversity (2)
Crocodilians and Turtles: diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer
Freshwater Biodiversity (3)
Birds, Otters, River dolphins, other mammals: diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer
Socio-economic and cultural aspects of the use and conservation of freshwater ecosystems
How does human dependence on river systems conflict and coexist with species conservation and ecosystem dynamics? Issues of water sharing, equity, politics, resource access and livelihood rights
NK, TN, VA
Overview of workshop and concluding discussion, questions and answers
20 mins (1535-1555)