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NSF-supported researchers to present new results on hurricanes and other extreme events

In the past year, extreme events -- including hurricanes, droughts and wildfires -- have plagued the U.S., affecting natural habitats and human communities. The theme of the 2018 Ecological Society of America meeting reflects the importance of these natural disasters. Conference participants will present the latest research findings on "extreme events, resilience and human well-being." The meeting takes place Aug. 5 to 10 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, a city still rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago. Worldwide, sea level is rising and river deltas are sinking, threatening the millions of people who live near these deltas. Long-Term Ecological Research and Critical Zone Observatories sites in Puerto Rico, Florida and Georgia were hit hard by the 2017 hurricane season, and resilience in the face of repeated salt water flooding and forest damage has been challenging. Scientists are now conducting research on the role of rainfall variability in ecosystems from tropical and coastal forests to estuaries and salt marshes. Nutrient and other experiments are also offering new insights into the interactions among myriad short-term and long-term environmental stresses.

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