US lakes researcher receives Stockholm Water Prize
Aug 25, 2011, 21:26 GMT
Stockholm - US researcher Stephen R Carpenter on Thursday received the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize for his research on lake ecosystems.
King Carl Gustaf presented the 150,000-dollar award at a ceremony in Stockholm held as part of the ongoing World Water Week.
Carpenter was cited for showing how lake ecosystems are affected by humans and the surrounding landscape, and his findings have offered 'guidance for the management of aquatic resources,' the jury said.
The 59-year-old is professor of zoology and limnology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
His research has helped increase understanding about how lakes are affected by nutrient loading, fishing, and introduction of exotic species.
Carpenter earlier Thursday took part in a panel discussion with former award winners.
During his remarks to the audience, Carpenter underlined the importance of using scenarios to build resilience and sustainable ecosystems as well as how regions could change by drawing on 'local innovations, institutions and practices.'
Last year the prize was awarded to US researcher Rita Colwell, known for her work on infectious waterborne diseases like cholera.
The Stockholm Water Prize was created in 1990 to recognize achievements in water science, water management, water action or awareness building.
The theme for this year's World Water Week has been how best to provide clean water and sanitation to the world's cities and their expanding slums.