WETPOL is an important global conference bringing together wetland scientists, engineers and practitioners working on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement as well as the potential roles of wetlands in a future more sustainable circular economy and resource-oriented setting. The conference will create a framework for wetland scientists and practitioners to exchange knowledge and advance the overall understanding of these complex ecosystems. The goal is to improve our understanding of the role wetlands perform in processing nutrients and contaminants, and to discuss and demonstrate how restored and constructed wetlands in the future, via their associated ecosystem services, can contribute to ensure sustainable water management and resource recovery while at the same time regulating and mitigating impacts of global climate change.
The conference program will include recent advances in the following areas:
- Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients
- Carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions
- Wetland plants ecophysiology and invasiveness
- Constructed wetlands for the treatment of domestic, industrial and other types of wastewater
- Nutrient removal in constructed wetlands in agricultural landscapes
- Cold-climate, arid-climate and warm-climate constructed wetlands
- Intensified constructed wetlands
- Microbial electrochemical wetlands for wastewater treatments
- Evaporative willow systems
- Sludge treatment red beds
- Phosphorus recovery from constructed wetlands
- Paludiculture, i.e. the cultivation of wetland plants as wet crops on rewetted peatlands
- Other related topics
The conference will include one day of field trips to explore unique natural wetlands and peatlands in the region as well as examples of constructed and restored wetlands.