Natural rivers carry not only water, but also sediments – such as gravel, sand, and wood- from mountains to the sea. They sculpt the landscape, sustaining biodiversity and human well-being, as they provide many useful ecosystem services: they keep the water clean, mitigate floods, sustain flora and fauna, create beaches along the coast and many others. When this dynamics of water and sediments is disrupted by human interventions, we risk to lose many of these useful services. HyMoCARES aims to show how relevant these services are for our well-being and to provide tools to manage water and sediments in rivers wisely. Develop, demonstrate and promote an operational framework to integrate ES in river basin planning and management, in relation to factors affecting river hydromorphology. This will directly contribute to enhance protection, conservation and ecological connectivity of Alpine freshwater ecosystems, since the main pressure factors affecting them are related to hydromorphological alteration, which effects on ecosystems and related ES are still insufficiently considered in decision-making.
For contacts: Dr. Nicola Marangoni, Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol Agentur für Bevölkerungsschutz Landeswarnzentrum / Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige, Agenzia per la Protezione civile Centro funzionale provinciale
FHARMOR will establish a partnership with a research project on mathematical modelling of river habitat at the mesoscale that is about to start at VAW – ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Dr. A. Siviglia.