The role of sediment in aquatic systems has attracted increasing attention in the last few decades from both an applied and a research perspective. Sediments act as both a pollutant in natural habitats as well as a vector for the transfer of chemicals such as nutrients and contaminants. Recognition of the environmental influence of both sediment and sediment-associated chemical (nutrients and contaminants) transfers and storage on aquatic ecosystems has generated much concern within both research and regulatory agencies. Studies have been undertaken by a variety of individuals in a wide range of disciplines as the environmental problems are found in rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and oceans and affect the biological, chemical, physical and social components of the system.
The International Association for Sediment Water Science (IASWS), bringing together a wide range of researchers from different disciplines, seeks to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in scientific research related to sediments and their interactions with water and biota in fluvial, lacustrine and marine systems and with particular reference to problems of environmental concern.
The symposium that began in Amsterdam, Netherlands (1976) has continued on a three-year cycle, meeting in Canada (1981), Switzerland (1984), Australia (1987), Sweden (1990), U.S. (1993), Italy (1996), China (1999), Canada (2002), Slovenia (2005), Australia (2008), England (2011) and South Africa (2014). These tri-annual symposiums provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussions with the aim of better integrating knowledge of the biological, physical and chemical processes between sediments and water. The scale of the meeting is such that the exchange of ideas, techniques and approaches is fostered encouraging this integration and enabling future collaboration.
The selected papers presented in the conference will be published in a special issue of “Journal of Soils and Sediments”.
We invite you to participate in this conference. We hope that your attendance at the 14th International Symposium on the Interactions between Sediments and Water will be interesting and enjoyable for you, both scientifically and socially, and that you will enjoy your stay in Taormina.
Paolo Porto & Vito Ferro
Local organising Committee