Develop alternative future scenarios for the Yahara Watershed from 2010-2070 using a transdisciplinary approach.
Lakes are the centerpiece of this region, which is changing due to climate change, urban encroachment on agricultural land, and increasing pollution of the lakes and groundwater by agricultural pollution. We worked with the public to develop alternative futures, used biophysical models to show future trajectories of ecosystem services, and conducted workshops, writing contests, a TV show, and reading/discussion groups to engage the public in thinking about the future.
Expected outcome: to spark creative conversations about the future of the Yahara Watershed and to encourage long-term thinking in current decision making.
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Carpenter, S. R., E. G. Booth, S. Gillon, C. J. Kucharik, S. Loheide, A. S.Mase, M. Motew, J. Qiu, A. R. Rissman, J. Seifert, E. Soylu, M. Turner and C. B.Wardropper. 2015. Plausible futures of a social-ecological system: Yahara watershed, Wisconsin, USA. Ecology and Society 20 (2): 10.
Booth, E.G., J. Qiu, S.R. Carpenter, J. Schatz, X. Chen, K.J. Kucharik, S.P. Loheide, M.M. Motew, J.M. Siefert, and M.G. Turner. 2016. From qualitative to quantitative environmental scenarios: Translating storylines into biophysical modeling inputs at the watershed scale. Environmental Modeling and Software 85: 80-97.
Motew, M., Chen, X, Booth, E.G., Carpenter, S.R. Pinkas, P. Zipper, S., Loheide, S., Donner, S., Tsuruta, K., Vadas, P., Kucharik, C. 2017. The influence of legacy P on lake water quality in a Midwestern agricultural watershed. Ecosystems 20: 1468-1482.
Eric Booth; credit Water Sustainability & Climate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Accelerated Innovation - John Miller. Credit: Water Sustainability and Climate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jiangxiao Qiu; credit Water Sustainability & Climate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Connected Communities - John Miller. Credit: Water Sustainability and Climate, University of Wisconsin-Madison