Wetzel, R. G. University of Alabama, rwetzel@biology.as.ua.edu

The gravity of the exponentially increasing needs for fresh water of acceptable quality remains unappreciated as the single greatest problem facing humankind in the next century. Degraded water quality is the direct cause of disease and toxicity morality of millions of humans annually and is declining further despite limited improvements in wastewater treatment. Limnological research and education in advanced countries neither effectively addresses these applied problems nor trains individuals within developing or evolving countries to manage available resources effectively. The International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL), with some 3500 members of 80 countries, has evolved collective programs over its 75-year history to enhance understanding, research, and education on an international basis. Strong scientific understanding remains as the foundational underpinning of effective management strategies. The schism between limnological research and especially training within advanced and developing countries is increasing. ASLO and North American limnologists in general can be most effective in enhancing international development of limnology by supporting the training efforts of international organizations within developing countries. In the international arena, ASLO should view itself as an essential resource and training participant rather than a lead organization.
Day: Tuesday, Feb. 2
Time: 04:30 - 05:00pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
Code: TS01TU0430E