Special Feature: Urban Aquatic Ecosystems
New approaches to understanding urban aquatic ecosystems
Aquatic ecosystems in urban environments are highly modified by human activity, engineering, and design. These systems are critical in delivering ecosystem services to urban residents, who comprise over 80% of the US population. Therefore, understanding the ecological functioning of these systems and integrating research across urban areas is of great importance. This Special Feature on Urban Aquatic Ecosystems was invited following a Special Session featuring these authors at the 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. The scope of research topics ranged from hydrology to microbial ecology and encompassed a variety of regions and types of urban aquatic ecosystems, including buried streams, constructed wetlands, and urban rivers. We aimed to bring together studies of urban aquatic ecosystems that focused on comparative and synthesis approaches.