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Fluvial processes and sediment dynamics of slope channel systems: Impacts of socio economic-and climate change on river system characteristics and related services

Objective

The project is focused on the ecological and morphological characteristics of river channels and related processes of erosion, sediment transport and deposition under changing boundary conditions described by socio economic and climate change scenarios. We will study effects of these changes on river systems at different spatial and temporal scales. The specific focus of the project is addressing the interface between the river channel and related slope systems. We will study historic evolution of river systems and will simulate future developments using scenarios.
The main projects scopes are:
1) Exchange of experience, methods and knowledge in fluvio-morphologic processes research.
2) Developing and harmonization of tools and models for monitoring and management of hillslope-river channel-systems.
3) Assessment of hydromorphological processes, and pressures across multiple temporal and spatial scales in different European river systems;
We will examine the links between erosive processes and hydromorphology in the context of integrated river basin management, considering the interactions with other elements of the whole system such as anthropogenic pressures and environmental changes. The new tools will help to assess the processes dynamics at the interface between hydrogeomorphological river processes and slope systems in a qualitative way. Moreover, new innovative techniques will be developed and applied that allow a quantification of the processes. The special focus is on remote sensing, aerial photography, field measurements with total stations, GPS, statistical analysis, all integrated in a GIS.
We will reach these targets as a multidisciplinary team across Europe, sharing knowledge, developing new approaches and applying them in different environments. We will explicitly aim to identify and integrate the different and overlapping conceptual understandings of scientists from the different disciplines carrying out joined research in this project.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Address

Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 43 700

Administrative Contact

Michael Maerker (Dr.)

Participants (6)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 30 400

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 36 100

UNIWERSYTET KAZIMIERZA WIELKIEGO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 36 100

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 34 200

UNIVERSITATEA ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA DIN IASI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 20 900

Institutul de Ecologie si Geografie

Moldova

EU Contribution

€ 13 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 318969

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 214 700

  • EU contribution

    € 214 700

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy