River scientists, economists and information users agreed to develop the Floodplain Science Network in 2012. Based on discussions about our beliefs and questions, we decided to initiate a collaborative approach, something that has never been tried before.
Conventional river science and economics have typically been conducted within single—often competitive—institutions and disciplines. Our intent as participants in this informal network is to de-emphasize the institution and focus attention on what we need to accomplish.
We will not duplicate the work of existing biophysical or social science organizations or compete with them. Most of our early progress is based on the volunteer efforts of individuals. We welcome more participants to share the workload. We encourage ecologists, social scientists, planners, policy makers, coordinators, business owners, land owners, and others to join our ongoing discussions and become familiar with our beliefs and intentions.
The future value of the Floodplain Science Network will depend on our ability to engage many scientific and economic disciplines and diverse and supportive river stakeholders as we set our initial course.
Please send us an e-mail to get involved.