02 agosto 2012

Toward a sustainable water future. Visions for 2050

Dendrohydrology in 2050: Challenges and opportunities

In the next few decades, improve knowledge on eco-physiological controls of wood growth and new methods of tree-ring chronology development will allow dendrochronological records to become part of small watershed models used to manage water resources. As dendrohydrology reaches its full value and recognition in hte next 40 years, water managers will realize that historical information can be used to define and expected range of variability, including worst-case scenarios, to guide operational strategies in the face of extreme future uncertainty. In general, by 2050 it will have become clear in multiple fields of applied science that the past is a legacy to elicit and embrace, not a corpse to forsake and disregard.
The greatest advancements during the next few decades will derive from focusing on the small watershed scale, where localized results can be of inmediate use to land managers and stakeholders.

"Let me tell you about that terrible drought 500 years ago"
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