Focus Area Lead

Trevor Krabbenhoft.

Trevor Krabbenhoft

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Vision and Objectives

The overall societal and scientific challenge we will address is sustainable management of freshwater coastal ecosystems, including ecosystem services for human and ecological health, and maintaining coastal geomorphic and socio-economic resilience in the face of future and uncertain stressors. These issues span a wide range of topics that require multidisciplinary approaches. “Grand challenges” that will guide development of this focus area include:

·         What do we need to know to manage coastal sustainability?

·         How do humans interact with freshwater ecosystems?

·         How can we predict, plan for, prevent, and mitigate the impacts of HABS?

·         How can we insure coastal health and resilience?

·         How can we optimize the economic benefit of freshwater resources?

The long-term goal is development of an internationally recognized interdisciplinary center of excellence for freshwater coastal ecosystem science, engineering, management, and socio-economic impacts, with a focus on the Lower Great Lakes region.

This vision includes topics in freshwater quality and quantity, pollution source identification and reduction, modeling fate and transport of pollutants while developing advanced capabilities for forecasting with uncertainty and contributing to adaptive management, human/natural system interactions, and support of the “blue economy”, among others.

Primary long-term objectives include:

·         Integrate human/natural system interactions in a modeling framework to better understand the role of water on human and ecological health under uncertain future climate scenarios, and to support management decision-making;

·         Integrate expertise in uncertainty quantification and hydrodynamic/ecological modeling to create a unique intellectual resource that can impact understanding and modeling of the Great Lakes and other freshwater systems, to evaluate impacts of water use and extreme event management;

·         Develop effective management strategies for freshwater resources, and promote adaptive management;

·         Become a global leader in transdisciplinary and trans-boundary water governance; and

·         Create infrastructure and innovation to support a “blue economy” for Buffalo and Western New York.