A new framework for the adaptive management of river flows has been developed by Mike Summers (Environment Agency), Ian Holman and Robert Grabowski (Cranfield University). Adopting an adaptive river management approach provides opportunities to learn about the environmental flow requirements of rivers, alongside achieving specific environmental objectives. The Adaptive River Management (ARM) framework aims to ensure that the effectiveness of river management actions is appraised and that transferable information is collected that can be applied to other rivers.
Learning from community led flood risk management utilsed the Carse of Stirling (COS) as a case study area to work with the community, landowners and The Carse of Stirling Partnership (TCOSP) to assess natural flood management (NFM) measures suitable for addressing flooding issues across the COS, additionally outlining any likely ecosystem service provision. Read more and view the full report by clicking the link below.
The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be able to offer a part-funded Masters by Research project (MRes) on linking catchment scale river pollution to freshwater habitats. Funding is available for tuition fees (home / EU rate) at Durham University for one year from October 2015. This project is in in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and will besupervised by Professor Louise Bracken (Durham Geography), Professor Tim Burt (Durham Geography) and Simon Hirst (NYMNPA).
The finalists for the 2016 IRF European Riverprize have been announced. The three selected finalists are:
The University of Worcester is offering a three-year Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in River Science and Freshwater Ecology. The appointee will carry out a selected research project under the supervision of Dr Tory Milner (University of Worcester; UW), Dr Ian Maddock (UW) and Dr Rachel Stubbington (Nottingham Trent University). The post holder will also gain experience in teaching at HE level and, following their work at Worcester, will be well equipped to apply for university lectureships.
An update has been made to the data & GIS package that is available to catchment partnerships. Another update is set to be released later this autumn. The March 2015 update to the data & GIS package is now available, it includes: Landcover maps (LCM 2000 & 2007), Risk of flooding from rivers and sea (NAFRA), Surface water flooding as well as:
Trent Rivers Trust has released a video of its SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) model which explains the benefits of SuDS to the environment.
These proceedings of the International Conference 'Novel Approaches to Assess and Rehabilitate Modified Rivers', which took place from 30th June to 2nd July 2015 in Wageningen (the Netherlands), contain the extended summaries of nearly all keynotes and oral presentations as well as several poster presentations. They are preceeded by a description of the scope, objectives and topics of the conference, feedback from the advisory and a visual impression of conference. The contributions are grouped within the six conference topics:
The recently produced deliverable D3.4 of REFORM, a Guidance to detect impact of HyMo degradation on riparian ecosystems, addresses such possible complications and includes guidance on how to identify impacts of hydromorphological degradation on riparian ecosystems. In addition, many of the findings gathered in the document are directly relevant to assessing in-stream conditions.