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Desert, city overlap explored in Phoenix

American Society of Agronomy

October 4, 2016-- Arizona is home to some of the continent's oldest agricultural spaces, mixed with forbidding environmental features. The balance of urban, agricultural, and natural spaces has developed over thousands of years.

The "Urban Soils-the Desert/City Interface Phoenix" tour planned at the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will address this important topic. The symposium will be held Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 7:30AM - 4:30PM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. Media are encouraged to attend - preregistration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required (see below).

This all-day tour in the Phoenix area explores soil and water relationships in the watersheds of this major metropolitan desert environment. Research from the Central Arizona?Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project will be highlighted with urban soils, wetlands, and park open space in the focus. The CAP LTER program is one of 25 LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation. Launched in 1997 along with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) as the first urban LTER sites, CAP LTER has been instrumental in establishing urban ecology as a recognized and important area of ecological inquiry.

Major stops include the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and Audubon Center, South Mountain Park, Tempe Town Lake, and the PHX Renews Community Gardens.

For more information about the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance 2016 meeting, visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/. Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required. Visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/media for registration information. For information about the "Urban Soils-the Desert/City Interface Phoenix" symposium, visit https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2016am/webprogram/Session16058.html .

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org to arrange an interview.

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