The world is experiencing both unprecedented forest loss and increasingly severe floods and drought events. These issues are often approached independently, despite the critical influence forest and water have on each other and in providing ecosystem services. This seminar will discuss innovative research demonstrating these interrelationships and how these findings can be used for policy and decision-making to achieve informed and coordinated natural resource management.
Sarah Walker, Director, Ecosystem Services Unit, Winrock International
David Ellison is an expert on forest-water dynamics and how these impact moisture vapor transport and water availability across terrestrial space, as well as the potential role for forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. He is the lead author of multiple reports and articles on Forests and Water, and LULUCF carbon accounting practices in Global Environmental Change, Global Change Biology, Environmental Science & Policy and other journals. Dr. Ellison serves as a Researcher/Consultant, External Expert for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Umea), and an Independent Senior Researcher (Ellison Consulting).
Raghavan Srinivasan is one of the original developers of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and is responsible for training hundreds of researchers, government staff, and students around the world on the tools needed to improve land use planning. He serves as a professor in the Departments of Ecosystem Sciences and Management and Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Michael Netzer leads the GIS and remote sensing team at Winrock International and is an expert in using spatial data and modeling to analyze the interactions between land use and ecosystem services. He oversaw the development of the Watershed Ecosystem Services Tool (WESTool) under the USAID Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) project in Cambodia.
Learn more at the Innovation@Winrock website.
Feature photo: Lucas Foglia / Winrock International