• WP3 (Ecosystem functions) will explore the impact of drying on carbon-related ecosystem functions in DRNs (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions) by exploiting a dynamic meta-system framework that accounts for the dynamics of organic carbon sources and transport by flowing water, as well as the dependence of ecosystem functions on biodiversity and key species.
    @B.Launay
    WP3 (Ecosystem functions) will explore the impact of drying on carbon-related ecosystem functions in DRNs (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions) by exploiting a dynamic meta-system framework that accounts for the dynamics of organic carbon sources and transport by flowing water, as well as the dependence of ecosystem functions on biodiversity and key species.
  • WP2 (Biodiversity) will produce scenarios for all facets of biodiversity in DRNs at focal and EU scales, and will identify tipping points (e.g. drying thresholds in space and time) that should not be transgressed to maintain biodiversity in these systems. WP2 will also investigate the generality of meta-community responses to drying by comparing models developed for EU and CELAC.
    @G.Singer
    WP2 (Biodiversity) will produce scenarios for all facets of biodiversity in DRNs at focal and EU scales, and will identify tipping points (e.g. drying thresholds in space and time) that should not be transgressed to maintain biodiversity in these systems. WP2 will also investigate the generality of meta-community responses to drying by comparing models developed for EU and CELAC.
  • WP5 (Adaptive management) will implement new insights in socio-ecological and economic processes, through integrating several aspects of decision making, including impact assessment of diminishing flows, identification of mitigation and adaptation measures, cost-benefit evaluation, and identification of legislative, public acceptance and administrative barriers.
    @B.Launay
    WP5 (Adaptive management) will implement new insights in socio-ecological and economic processes, through integrating several aspects of decision making, including impact assessment of diminishing flows, identification of mitigation and adaptation measures, cost-benefit evaluation, and identification of legislative, public acceptance and administrative barriers.
  • WP1 (Hydrology) will map DRNs for the very first time at the EU and CELAC scales and will model their future development under contrasting climate change scenarios. WP1 will also produce dynamic maps of flowing and drying conditions for the focal DRNs, using a downscaling approach validated through citizen-science observations of drying events.
    @G.Singer
    WP1 (Hydrology) will map DRNs for the very first time at the EU and CELAC scales and will model their future development under contrasting climate change scenarios. WP1 will also produce dynamic maps of flowing and drying conditions for the focal DRNs, using a downscaling approach validated through citizen-science observations of drying events.
  • WP4 (Ecosystem services) will assess the impact of drying on DRN ecosystem services and their values by developing innovative conceptual ecosystem service provision and valuation frameworks. WP4 will achieve understanding of the socially relevant outcomes by integrating the ecosystem functions and services with stakeholder views and the wider public’s values.
    @B.Launay
    WP4 (Ecosystem services) will assess the impact of drying on DRN ecosystem services and their values by developing innovative conceptual ecosystem service provision and valuation frameworks. WP4 will achieve understanding of the socially relevant outcomes by integrating the ecosystem functions and services with stakeholder views and the wider public’s values.

Drying rivers and climate change

Challenge

River networks are among Earth’s most threatened hot-spots of biodiversity and are essential for human well-being. However, climate change and increased human water use are causing more rivers and streams to dry, but these drying river networks (DRNs) have received little attention. DRYvER is a Horizon 2020 project, which aims to collect, analyse and model data from nine DRNs in Europe and South America to create a novel global meta-system approach that incorporates hydrology, socio-economics, ecology and biogeochemistry in order to craft strategies, tools, guidelines, and recommendations for adaptive management of river networks in the EU and worldwide.


News

Sep
14
There goes the 3rd one! Crabot J, Mondy CP, Usseglio-Polatera P, et al. A global perspective on the functional responses of stream communities to flow intermittence. Ecography (2021). https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05697
Dec
12
First Steering Committee meeting was held to follow up the past and discuss the next months. Principle outcome: a lot to do but project goes as planned.
Sep
09
The second DRYvER releated article was published! Blackman RC, Altermatt F, Foulquier A, et al. Unlocking our understanding of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams with genomic tools. Front Ecol Environ (2021). https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2404
Jan
07
In 2021 meet the DRYvER at Virtual meetings’ Special Sessions: SFS in May, ASLO in June, SEFS in July!
Jul
16
The first DRYvER newsletter was sent out. You can read more by clicking here.
Feb
03
WP1 is opening a 24-month postdoc position on data assimilation and downscaling of hydrological projections.
Jun
16
The first DRYvER releated article was published! Messager ML, Lehner B, Cockburn C, et al. Global prevalence of non-perennial rivers and streams. Nature 594, 391–397 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03565-5
Mar
10
The DRYvER project was presented to the local environmental NGOs in the Spanish case study site (Genal River) for the first time. Find out more here.
May
07
The past 2 days, DRYvER joined the BiodivERsA Partnership clustering event to discuss joint opportunities with 21 funded projects for protecting biodiversity under climate change.
Mar
12
In January/February, the first samplings have started at the focal case study sites! Croatia, Ecuador, Hungary, and Spain are done, 5 to go. Reports and pics are coming soon!
Apr
17
A short summary together with a lot of photos and videos of the first sampling campaign of WP2 and WP3 is now available on the website. See more here.
Mar
19
Thibault Datry will introduce the DRYvER at the Temporary Rivers & Streams 2021 online meeting on 22 June (organized by Rachel Stubbington and Judy England, Nottingham Trent University).

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