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Upcoming SWS Webinars

Monthly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership. Once each quarter, in March, July, September and December, the monthly SWS webinar is open for non-members to attend (and at no cost), as well. Please login to register. If you are a member, and you log in, you can register for member-only webinars by clicking here, or going to the "Events" pull-down menu and choosing "upcoming" webinars. If the site says you are not allowed to view this resource, your membership may not be current, or you are not a current member. Note, you can be a registered user of this site and not an SWS Member.

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July 2020: Can Biochar Increase Carbon Sequestration in Wetland Restoration Projects? 

July 16, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Can Biochar Increase Carbon Sequestration in Wetland Restoration Projects? 

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Abstract: Biochar (a carbonaceous soil additive) is considered as one of the promising options to enhance the soil carbon sink due to its resistance to biotic and abiotic degradation. Coastal managers in the U.S. are increasingly interested in incorporating biochar into wetland restoration and stormwater mitigation projects because of its dual benefits in terms of enhancing denitrification and sequestering carbon; however, little information is available on the ability of biochar to sequester carbon in coastal wetlands. In the present study, we conducted a factorial experiment to examine the initial changes in sequestration of wetland sediments amended without and with different levels (0%, 10%, and 20%, v/v) and types of commercially obtained biochar (bamboo, hardwood, softwood, rice husk, and marine feedstocks). Carbon mineralization was monitored by measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) fluxes from the incubated pots. Preliminary data showed increased rates of CO2 emissions in an initial couple of incubation weeks, while the escalated emission rates diminished in the following incubation weeks indicating sequestration of CO2 by soils amended with biochars such as bamboo, hardwood, softwood, and rice husk. Contrastingly, the marine soil amendment continued emitting CO2 over the entire study period which might be due to its high labile nature. Overall, the biochar amended sediments sequestered higher CO2 compared to the non-amended soils. These results are preliminary and will be further elucidated by microbial biomass analysis in the future. The study provides an insight for the coastal managers looking for sustainable strategies towards climate change mitigation.

 

 

Priyanka

Priyanka is a young researcher passionate about conservation and sustainable management of wetland ecosystems. Her specific research interests include carbon sequestration and nitrogen & phosphorus dynamics in wetlands, assessing regulating service (water purification potential of wetlands) and provisioning services (wetland goods) of wetlands, economic valuation of wetland ecosystem services. Moreover, she is also interested in understanding how various ecological aspects of wetlands in the tropics are related to socio-economic dimensions, livelihood sustenance, and human well-being.

Priyanka completed her Master’s degree with a specialization in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, India. Currently, she is finishing her PhD on conservation of a floodplain wetland from the ecosystem services perspectives at Assam University. In 2019, Priyanka received the Green Talents Award hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Priyanka has also been appointed as a Graduate Research Associate (honorary appointment) at the Wetlands Ecology Department, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University, PA. Priyanka also serves as the Asia Lead at the Youth Engaged in Wetlands (YEW), an international network to enable and empower young people to help support the mission of The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

 

 

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August 2020: Restoring Native Clam Communities for Improved Water Quality and Economic Resilience in the Indian River Lagoon

August 20, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Restoring Native Clam Communities for ImprovedRestoring Native Clam Communities for ImprovedWater Quality and Economic Resilience in the Indian River Lagoon

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Presenter: Todd Osborne

 

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September 2020: Urban Wetlands and Water Management

September 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Urban Wetlands and Water Management

Description and Pictures TBD.

Presenter: Bill Dooley

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October 2020: Role of inland saline wetland ecosystems in the face of climate change

October 17, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Urban Wetlands and Water Management

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Presenter: Rajashree Naik

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November 2020: Wetlands Critical for Everglades Restoration: the Stormwater Treatment Areas

November 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

Wetlands Critical for Everglades Restoration: the Stormwater Treatment Areas

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Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free quarterly webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Additionally, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language. 

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

Here's what our members are saying...

"Thank you, presenters, and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI

"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY

ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or workgroup. To learn more please click here.