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1997 Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Wetlands

a.weir at rhbnc.ac.uk a.weir at rhbnc.ac.uk
Tue Nov 5 15:29:26 EST 1996

First Announcement
September 16th to 19th 1997
Royal Holloway University of London

SPONSORS: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Louisiana 
State University - Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Baton Rouge, La and 
University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 
Gainesville, Fl.

The Fifth Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Wetlands will be held at 
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. The 
impressive Royal Holloway campus is located at the western margin of 
London. The site is extremely accessible, both nationally and 
internationally, situated close to good train and road services, and 20 
minutes from Heathrow International Airport.

In conjunction with the symposium there will be a workshop sponsored by the 
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on the topic: The 
Effect of Projected Sea Level Rise on the Stability of Coastal Wetlands. 
This workshop will consist of approximately 10 invited papers to be 
presented in two general sessions.

If you are interested in receiving further information of the Symposium 
please write stating you preferred title, name, full address (including 
postcode) and telephone, fax and EMail contact details, to the following 

5th Symposium on the Biogeochemistry of Wetlands,
Royal Holloway Institute for Environmental Research,
Royal Holloway University of London,
Callow Hill,
Virginia Water
GU25 4LN

Telephone  +44 (0) 1784 477404
Fax +44 (0) 1784 477427
EMail rhier at rhbnc.ac.uk

In addition, if you would like to make a present a paper at the Symposium, 
please state what kind of presentation (poster/oral paper) and give an 
indication of the proposed title by the end of January 1997. The Symposium 
will address a broad range of subject areas, but we would particularly 
welcome papers on the following topics;

* Functional assessment of wetland ecosystems
* Nutrient cycling in saltmarshes
* Plant-soil interactions of wetlands
* Modelling of wetland biogeochemical processes
* Toxic chemicals in wetlands
* European wetlands
* Tropical wetland ecosystems
* Water quality
* Freshwater biogeochemistry
* The effects of climate change on wetlands
* The role of wetlands in global nutrient cycles
* Carbon dynamics
* Land-use and wetland conflicts
* Wetland biodiversity

This is the first circular for the conference. Please pass on the 
information to colleagues who you feel would be interested.


The Royal Holloway Institute for Environmental Research (RHIER) provides a 
focus for Royal Holloway University of Londons environmental research and 
consultancy activity, enhancing and complementing the work of the Colleges 
academic departments. The Institute aims to advance understanding of the 
natural environment through carrying out high quality fundamental, 
strategic and applied research in the environmental sciences.

Professor Edward Maltby, Director of the Institute, is continuing to 
develop the research activities of the Wetland Ecosystems Research Group. 
Current projects include, establishing a classification system of European 
wetland ecosystems, based on a functional analysis of these systems and an 
investigation of the functioning and management of the wetland Melaleuca 
forests of Vietnam and Thailand.

Other specialist academic staff within RHIER include Dr Annie Duncan, head 
of the Hydroacoustic Unit, with expertise in hydroacoustic methods of 
surveying shallow waters, Dr Peter Gardner, a research chemist working 
within the Wetland Ecosystems Research Group, and Dr Phil Wookey, head of 
the Ecosystem Processes Group. Facilities at RHIER include a dedicated 
water quality laboratory (using ion and gas chromatography) and a soils 
laboratory (investigating physical soil characteristics and microbial 

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