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Improved spatial Frameworks for river environment management

Improved spatial Frameworks for river environment management

Objective

European Water Framework Directives such as reaching a 'good ecological status' require that achievable conditions be assessed, and restoration targets are set, over large areas. In this context, spatial frameworks (delineation of ecological pattern) are used to predict ecological potential over large scales and to implement harmonious ecological objectives. We propose to undertake management-oriented research to develop new spatial frameworks for river management.

Methods, developed by the researcher in New Zealand, provide high spatial resolution ecological classifications of rivers and use advances in Geographic Information System and classification methods. In contrast with existing regionalisation approaches (subdividing landscapes into large regions), they classify individual segments of digital representations of river networks using functionally important ecological attributes (of the segment or inherited from the river's catchment through the network structure).

Our first and second objectives are to define new classifications and compare them with existing regionalisations. Tests will be based on taxonomic and functional descriptions (e.g., biological traits) of river ecosystems. Objective three is to use the classifications to extrapolate existing general ecological models to entire river systems (e.g., models of ecological responses to flow modifications). The work will be based on available databases, models and tools. Tests using functional descriptors are uncommon and can demonstrate the generality of our approach. Spatial extrapolation of ecological models will increase their value as management and research tools. The researcher will work in an environment with a strong background in ecological research, modelling and spatial framework development. The project will benefit international and national research projects that use spatial frameworks and ecological models.

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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

Address

Parc De Tourvoie
Antony Cedex

France

Administrative Contact

Nicolas Gabriel LAMOUROUX (Dr)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 21571

  • Start date

    2 October 2006

  • End date

    1 October 2008

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GÉNIE RURAL DES EAUX ET DES FORÊTS

France