Biohydrology 2009 is the second international conference to discuss exclusively the interactions between hydrological and biological processes in soil under conditions of changing climate. It will provide an ideal opportunity for hydrologists, biologists and soil scientists to discuss recent research developments. Key-note lectures from internationally renowned scientists, combined with volunteered papers and posters, will examine the wide range of processes that drive soil biology/hydrology interactions from the micro- to regional-scale.
1. The measurement and modelling of hydrological processes influenced by biology at various scales
Conveners: Dr. P.D. Hallett, Dr. V. Novak
Key-note speakers: Prof. H. Czachor, Prof. G.H. de Rooij, Dr. H.H. Gerke
From bacterial exudates altering the wetting properties of soil particles to forests influencing larger scale water balances, biology has a massive impact on soil hydrological processes. Over the past decade considerable advancement has been made in measuring and modelling the interactions between biology and hydrology in soil from the micrometre to the kilometre, but bridging these scales has presented a considerable challenge. This session will present state-of-the-art advances in measuring hydrological processes at different scales, quantitative studies of the impact of biology, and the development of descriptive and predictive models.
2. Biology and soil hydrology interactions with climate
Conveners: Dr. A. Kleidon, Dr. M. Sir
Key-note speakers: Dr. E.L. Davin, Prof. J. Eitzinger, Prof. M. Lapin
Soil biological processes and terrestrial vegetation interact and shape environmental conditions as well as the fluxes of energy, water and carbon at the land surface. Through these interactions, biology affects the climatic conditions on land, resulting in positive and negative feedback loops. This session seeks contributions from observational, modelling and theoretical studies, which focus on interactions and feedbacks between soil hydrology, biology and climate, and how these may change under anticipated future climatic change.
3. Interaction between agriculture and soil hydrology
Conveners: Prof. G.E. Schaumann, Dr. K. Rajkai
Key-note speakers: Dr. L. Duester, Prof. M. Kitano, Dr. A. Pierret
Land use, farming systems, and agricultural practices may strongly affect water flow, groundwater formation and soil erosion potential. In the light of climate change, where an increase in duration of dry periods as well as strong precipitation events is expected in many areas of the world, we envisage an increasing risk for preferential flow and soil erosion. The objective of this session is to critically review and discuss common agricultural practices like tillage, fertilization, irrigation and other with respect to their effects and potential risks in different land use forms and farming systems. We welcome contributions from applied researches as well as fundamental studies on possible interactions and mechanisms linking agricultural practices and changes in soil chemical, physicochemical and physical properties leading to changes in soil hydrology.
4. Influence of biology on soil hydrological processes in natural systems
Conveners: Prof. A. Cerda, Dr. M. Tesar
Key-note speakers: Dr. L.H. Cammeraat, Prof. J. Cermak, Dr. S. De Baets
The biological activity affects the soil hydrological processes such as the infiltration, water redistribution, surface and subsurface runoff, transpiration and evaporation, and groundwater recharge. The hydrological cycle is highly modified by plants and animals at the soil interface. Within the last decades, an increasing interest by the scientific community on the interactions of plants/animals with non-disturbed soil hydrological processes contributed with a broad knowledge advance. This session will review those findings and will show the new improvements. As all the participants will be interested on the biological influence on soil hydrology, future research challenges will be examined and scientific project proposals will be discussed. This will be a unique opportunity for joining other research groups and plan future research proposals. This session welcomes fundamental and applied contributions that explore the biologic influence on soil hydrology through experimentation, observation, and theoretical approaches (or a combination of them), ranging from pore to basin scales.
5. Managing soils to improve interactions between biology and hydrology
Conveners: Prof. S.H. Doerr, Dr. L. Lichner
Key-note speakers: Dr. S.J. Kostka, Prof. E.V. Shein, Dr. A.G. Williams
Biological factors such as biopores, bioturbation, allelopathy, water repellency and organic matter decomposition processes can have major repercussions for soil hydrological processes and resulting plant growth and soil erosion. Their effects can be positive or detrimental, with careful land management aiming to provide the desired balance. This session will examine (i) how land management can reduce detrimental impacts related to biohydrological processes, such as, for example, poor wettability, preferential flow, accelerated leaching of agricultural chemicals and poor water retention, but will also consider (ii) positive effects such as soil stabilisation, aggregation and land restoration. This session welcomes fundamental and applied contributions relevant to any of the above areas.
Convener: Prof. C.J. Ritsema
Key-note speakers: Prof. J. Bachmann, Prof. P. Baveye, Prof. W.E.H. Blum, Prof. A.D. Ferreira, Prof. R. Horn, Prof. N. Jarvis, Prof. G.P. Matthews, Prof. J. Nieber, Prof. J. Simunek, Prof. K.R.J. Smettem, Prof. T.S. Steenhuis, Prof. R. Wallach
Prof. Joerg Bachmann, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Prof. Jan Cermak, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Brno, Czech Republic
Dr. Paul D. Hallett, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, UK
Prof. Coen J. Ritsema, ALTERRA Green World Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Dr. Lubomir Lichner, Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia (chairman)
Prof. Artemi Cerda, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Prof. Stefan H. Doerr, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
Dr. Paul D. Hallett, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, UK
Dr. Axel Kleidon, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dr. Viliam Novak, Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Dr. Kalman Rajkai, Research Institute for Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Prof. Gabriele E. Schaumann, University Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
Dr. Miloslav Sir, Institute of Hydrodynamics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Vlasta Stekauerova, Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
Dr. Miroslav Tesar, Institute of Hydrodynamics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
Organized jointly with:
Notification of acceptance of abstract for oral presentation: May 31, 2009
2nd announcement with the time schedule of the conference: June 30, 2009
Regular participant fee is 170 EUR (before February 28, 2009) and 200 EUR (after March 1, 2009). PhD-student fee is 140 EUR (before February 28, 2009) and 170 EUR (after March 1, 2009). The fee includes four lunches, coffee breaks, and ice-breaker party.
Note that the authors of papers in the special issue of Biologia will pay the fee 200 EUR, to cover the costs of printed version.
Bank (Name and full adress): Vseobecna uverova banka a.s., Mlynske Nivy 1, 829 90 Bratislava, Slovakia
Account number: 70000 09429/8180
IBAN: SK71 8180 0000 0070 0000 9429
Beneficiary (Name and full adress): Institute of Hydrology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 831 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Identification number of organization: 00166600
Message: 21000007 + name of the participant
Dr. Lubomir Lichner
Institute of Hydrology
Slovak Academy of Sciences
831 02 Bratislava
The conference will take place at the SUZA complex (Drotarska cesta 46, 811 04 Bratislava, http://www.suza.sk/index.php?set_lang=english), with a conference hall for 300 participants, restaurant, and **hotel with 60 double rooms.
The posters should have maximum 65 cm width and 105 cm height.
Special/Thematic Issues of Biologia, Ecohydrology, International Agrophysics, Journal of Hydrology and Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics will be published containing research presented at the conference.
Last updated: 04.11.2009