It has been said that the most important purpose of science is discovery.
Today our challenge is to discover and quantify relationships between economic prosperity and river ecosystem health. This challenge requires biophysical and social scientists to engage in extended discussions with communities and stakeholders about policy decisions and management practices.
Some of the questions that will structure our initial explorations include:
- How can biophysical and social scientists help landowners, environmental agencies, communities, and industry leaders address floods and their impacts?
- What kinds of research are needed to create “new,” more comprehensive information?
- Who has a stake in floodplain-related issues? How can every person who’s impacted become part of the conversation?
- How can information users and biophysical and social scientists connect and converse productively, so the values of diverse stakeholders and the common good are honored?
- How can biophysical and social scientists and their institutions work together to deliver unbiased research that has a positive impact on communities and ecosystems?