Ruiz Villanueva Virginia

Morphodynamics and instream wood dynamics monitoring in the Spöl River

Project Number: CH-6758
Project Type: Permanent/Monitoring_Project
Project Duration: 07/01/2020 - ?
Funding Source: other ,
Leading Institution: Université de Lausanne
Project Leader: Dr. Virginia Ruiz Villanueva
RivES - River EcoSystems Research Group
Institut des dynamiques de la surface terrestre, IDYST
Université de Lausanne
GEO-3550
Géopolis
1015 Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0) 21 692 35 37 ; +41 (0) 21 692 44 00
FAX: +41 (0) 21 692 35 05
e-Mail: virginia.ruiz-villanueva(at)unil.ch
http://www.unil.ch/idyst

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Research Areas:
Landscape

Disciplines:
environmental sciences


Abstract:
Natural dynamics of rivers has been altered for centuries through the regulation of their flow regimes. This has changed in the past years, and some pioneering regime-based criteria have been applied to partially recover river integrity. One benchmark example is the Spöl River, where a long-term restoration program started in 2000, with 35 floods released until 2021. One of the main goals of this program was to enhance morphodynamics and increase habitat heterogeneity in the river. After 21 years of monitoring, works showed that part of the negative effects of the river regulation were mitigated. However, the monitoring program has been focused on biological and ecological features, and how the floods affect the transport of sediment and of instream wood is still not well understood. In 2018, we enhanced the framework to include these observations. The better understanding of such fluvial processes will improve the knowledge about the use of experimental flooding for river restoration.

Publications:
Ruiz-Villanueva, V. 2021. WASSER, SEDIMENTE UND SCHWEMMHOLZ. Cratschla 2/2


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