• Within DRYvER we aim at generating a so far not existing impression on the chemical composition and diversity of particulate organic matter in six river networks. The tool of our choice is FTIR microscopy, allowing us to distinguish variously processed leaf litter particles, soil residuals and the occasional microplastic fiber. Tuning this microscopic method to efficiently achieve chemical fingerprinting for the many samples ahead of us in DRYvER is the lab challenge for the winter months.
    @G.Singer
    Within DRYvER we aim at generating a so far not existing impression on the chemical composition and diversity of particulate organic matter in six river networks. The tool of our choice is FTIR microscopy, allowing us to distinguish variously processed leaf litter particles, soil residuals and the occasional microplastic fiber. Tuning this microscopic method to efficiently achieve chemical fingerprinting for the many samples ahead of us in DRYvER is the lab challenge for the winter months.
  • @B.Launay
  • WP2: Sampling protocols are ready to be used in each DRN! They will be used at the beginning of 2021 to assess biodiversity of microbes, macroinvertebrates and fish, and to measure local environmental variables in 20 sites scattered across each DRN.
    @B.Launay
    WP2: Sampling protocols are ready to be used in each DRN! They will be used at the beginning of 2021 to assess biodiversity of microbes, macroinvertebrates and fish, and to measure local environmental variables in 20 sites scattered across each DRN.
  • The WP3 team from University of Innsbruck works on setting up protocols for organic matter sample collection. Before sampling 6 river networks across Europe we give our ideas how to collect OM a decent test run in an Austrian river - cold, not dry at all and during Covid19-lockdown.
    @G.Singer
    The WP3 team from University of Innsbruck works on setting up protocols for organic matter sample collection. Before sampling 6 river networks across Europe we give our ideas how to collect OM a decent test run in an Austrian river - cold, not dry at all and during Covid19-lockdown.
  • WP4 team is busy setting up the conceptual basis for the modelling of ecosystem services provided by DRN and their values. This will serve as the basis for a forthcoming interdisciplinary workshop in the new year. The team is making itself familiar with the focal DRN, their commonalities and their differences and soon will be making a move in planning site specific activities
    @B.Launay
    WP4 team is busy setting up the conceptual basis for the modelling of ecosystem services provided by DRN and their values. This will serve as the basis for a forthcoming interdisciplinary workshop in the new year. The team is making itself familiar with the focal DRN, their commonalities and their differences and soon will be making a move in planning site specific activities

Partners

25 partner institutes from 16 countries

25 partner institutes from 16 countries

1. National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

1. National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environement (INRAE; formerly IRSTEA) is a policy-oriented research organisation. For more than 30 years, INRAE has been working on the areas of responsible agriculture and sustainable land planning, water management and related risks, drought, floods, biodiversity, and complex ecosystems, including their interrelation with human activities.

  • Key personnel: Thibault Datry, Hervé Pella, Nicolas Lamouroux, Maria Alp, Nuria Cid, Claire Lauvernet, Flora Branger, Jean-Philippe Vidal, Maxence Forcellini, Bertrand Launay.
  • Webpage: https://riverly.inrae.fr/en/home

2. Friedrich Schiller University Jena – Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU)

2. Friedrich Schiller University Jena – Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU)

FSU is one of the oldest universities in Europe (founded in 1558) and a member in the COIMBRA group, a network of prestigious, traditional European universities (http://www.coimbra-group.be). FSU’s Geographic Information Science Lab is involved in the DRYvER project.

3. Goethe University Frankfurt – Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (GU)

3. Goethe University Frankfurt – Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (GU)

GU is one of the top research universities in Germany, excelling in natural and social sciences as well as in the humanities. In DRYvER the Working Group Hydrology is involved, which is a part of the Institute of Physical Geography.

4. University of Innsbruck – Universität Innsbruck (UIBK)

4. University of Innsbruck – Universität Innsbruck (UIBK)

UIBK is the largest and most important public research and education institution in western Austria. The University’s leading role is particularly in Environmental Science. The Department of Ecology, which is involved in DRYvER, has a long tradition of investigating aquatic systems.

  • Key personnel: Prof. Dr. Gabriel Singer,
  • Webpage: https://www.uibk.ac.at
  • Participating in WP3, WP6, and WP7.

5. Netherlands Institute of Ecology – Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - KNAW (NIOO)

5. Netherlands Institute of Ecology – Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen - KNAW (NIOO)

NIOO is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts, covering animal, plant and microbial ecology in terrestrial and aquatic environments. NIOO’s research is a combination of careful ecophysiological studies replicated mesocosm experiments, intensive fieldwork, and theoretical and modelling efforts.

  • Key personnel: Lisette de Senerpont Domis, Steven Declerck, Dr Sven Teurlincx.
  • Webpage: https://nioo.knaw.nl/en
  • Participating in WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, and WP7

6. Universidad de Cantabria – IHCantabria (UC-IHCantabria)

6. Universidad de Cantabria – IHCantabria (UC-IHCantabria)

UC-IHC is a modern public institution which main purpose is to contribute to social progress through teaching and scientific excellence. UC-IHCantabria carries out research, knowledge transfer and training of specialists in the areas related to the integral water cycle, encompassing land resources through the development of a working methodology based on the integral management of hydrographic basins, transitional waters and coastal areas.

7. Catalan Institute for Water Research – Fundacio Institut Catala de Recerca de l'Aigua (ICRA)

7. Catalan Institute for Water Research – Fundacio Institut Catala de Recerca de l'Aigua (ICRA)

ICRA is an initiative for multidisciplinary research in inland waters. ICRA's mission is achieving scientific excellence in the field of integrated water cycle. The Resources and Ecosystems Area at ICRA is a leading team in the field of ecology of temporary streams and the assessment of the ecosystems services they provide and it is considered as one of the pioneers of temporary river ecology in the Mediterranean region.

  • Key personnel: Sergi Sabater, Rafael Marcé.
  • Webpage: https://www.icra.cat
  • Participating in WP3, WP4, WP6, and WP7.

8. University of Barcelona – Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

8. University of Barcelona – Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

UB is the largest university in Catalonia. The Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences main research covers a wide range of topics, such as taxonomy, phylogeny, biomedicine, conservation, evolution, forest ecology and management, marine biology, animal behaviour, biogeography, limnology and plant physiology. The Biodiversity Research Institute’s (IRBio) main research activities are the assessment and cataloguing of living forms, the better understanding of the ecosystem processes and the origin, evolution and function of species and their classification, as well as the proper management and conservation of wildlife.

9. Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

9. Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

SYKE is a government research institute in Finland, focusing on different environment-related topics and comprises several centres. Freshwater Centre, Environmental Policy Centre, Biodiversity Centre and Climate Change Programme of SYKE are involved in DRYvER with experts on biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems, ecosystem services, socio-economic valuation, natural capital accounting, transdisciplinary research, citizen science and environmental policy.

10. University of Pécs – Pécsi Tudományegyetem (UP)

10. University of Pécs – Pécsi Tudományegyetem (UP)

UP is one of the largest higher education institutions in Hungary and the centre of knowledge within the Transdanubian region. The Department of Hydrobiology’s activity covers revealing the life history, population trends and survival strategies of vulnerable aquatic macroinvertebrate species with special emphasis on the consequences of climate change; exploring biodiversity of running water ecosystems using traditional and integrative taxonomy; understand the effect of flow regime and species interactions on stream and lake biota; behavioural studies on aquatic invertebrates under extreme environmental conditions: experiments in artificial mesocosm.

11. Masaryk University – Masarykova Univerzita (MU)

11. Masaryk University – Masarykova Univerzita (MU)

MU is the second largest university in the Czech Republic. In many research topic, including ecological research of intermittent rivers, MU is a leader in Central Europe region. The Group for research of intermittent streams was established in the Department of Botany and Zoology in 2012 during the Biodrought project. A team of experienced freshwater ecologists of the Hydrobiology group is investigating the responses of different biotic groups inhabiting intermittent streams (aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, fish, terrestrial vertebrates, algae, vascular plants) in the field and also in controlled laboratory experiments.

12. Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb - Sveučilište u Zagrebu (UZ)

12. Faculty of Science of the University of Zagreb - Sveučilište u Zagrebu (UZ)

The Faculty of Science is engaged in excellent cooperation with numerous universities and institutes abroad. In the DRYvER project, the laboratory for water analyses, the laboratory for freshwater macroinvertebrates and the laboratory for fish biology is participating. Most of the Water Framework Directive related projects since 2007 in Croatia were carried out by these laboratories..

13. University of Grenoble-Alpes - Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

13. University of Grenoble-Alpes - Universite Grenoble Alpes (UGA)

UGA pursues a search for excellence in producing new knowledge and innovations for the benefit of society, human development and the preservation of the planet. The aim of the research of the Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine is to understand the mechanisms underlying the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, the Spatio-temporal dynamics of biodiversity and the associated functions at various biological and ecological levels (i.e. from gene to landscape), and to predict responses to a variety of environmental drivers

14. University of Leeds (UoL)

14. University of Leeds (UoL)

UoL is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. water@leeds is a world-leading water research organisation at the University of Leeds, one of the largest centres for water research in any university in the world, producing high quality, highly cited papers with high levels of international collaboration.

  • Key personnel: Julia Martin-Ortega, Thijs Dekker, Martin Dallimer.
  • Webpage: https://water.leeds.ac.uk
  • Participating in WP4, WP5, WP6, and WP7.

15. Erdyn

15. Erdyn

Erdyn is a highly recognized actor in France in the field of innovation consulting, from strategy design through to operational implementation and assessment. We work for all players in innovation ecosystems: businesses, from start-ups to multinationals, research and higher education organizations, and public policy makers. We support the set-up and management of European projects (Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe, COSME, ERASMUS+…). Erdyn also provides support for the definition of innovation strategies, IP strategies, market surveys, technology forecasting, road mapping, state of the art analysis, outsourcing of R&D, innovation diagnosis and organization

16. Institute REVIVO - Zavod za Ihtioloske in Ekoloske Raziskave REVIVO

16. Institute REVIVO - Zavod za Ihtioloske in Ekoloske Raziskave REVIVO

REVIVO is a small non-profit NGO established in 2015 in Slovenia. REVIVO has a wide background and experience in Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems and their management both in fresh and marine waters. REVIVO specialise in research and subsequent mitigation of anthropogenic impacts on aquatic environments by working closely with stakeholders and managing authorities, bridging the gaps with innovative and integrated solutions adopted by all.

  • Key personnel: Polona Pengal, Blaž Cokan, Eva Horvat.
  • Webpage: https://www.ozivimo.si/
  • Participating in WP5, WP6, and WP7.

17. Z5 Plus Design Ltd. (Z5P)

17. Z5 Plus Design Ltd. (Z5P)

Z5P is an SME, established in 2011 and its main activities are advertising, decoration, printing services, exhibition/event organization as well as property protection. Further main activity is exhibition design and construction, 3D visualization, animation, marketing consultancy, online marketing, web development, programming, maintenance of hardware/software systems, large format printing, tablet printing, sublimation printing, etc. Representing all of this, the Z5P currently operates under the umbrella of the ‘Kreatív Megoldás’ (Creative Solution) brand, together with several other small companies with the same ownership structure.

  • Key personnel: Tünde Zólyomi, Andor Tamás, Marianna Pozsgai, Szilárd Mogyorósi.
  • Webpage: http://www.kreativmegoldas.hu
  • Participating in WP6 and WP7.

18. Fresh Thoughts Consulting GmbH (FT)

18. Fresh Thoughts Consulting GmbH (FT)

FT is an independent and forward-thinking policy consultancy, providing expertise, novel ideas and resources to support decision-making and the implementation of environmental policies. FT links science to policy and governance by emphasising the integration of knowledge and expertise, covering various fields and levels of decision-making.

  • Key personnel: Guido Schmidt, Thomas Dworak, Christine Matauschek, Michaela Matauschek, Magdalena Rogger.
  • Webpage: https://www.fresh-thoughts.eu
  • Participating in WP5 and WP7.

19. Federal University of Ceará – Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC)

19. Federal University of Ceará – Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC)

The Federal University of Ceará is a public institution maintained by the Brazilian Government and is located in the state of Ceará, in the Northeast of Brazil. The main goal of the Department of Biology and the Department of Agricultural Engineering is to study the ecology and the hydrological regimes of this region, which is characterized by a semiarid climate.

  • Key personnel: Carla Ferreira Rezende, José Carlos de Araújo.
  • Webpage: http://www.ufc.br
  • Participating in all WPs (WP1-7).

20. Royal and Pontifical Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca – Universidad Mayor Real Y Pontificia De San Francisco Xavier De Chuquisaca (USFX)

20. Royal and Pontifical Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca – Universidad Mayor Real Y Pontificia De San Francisco Xavier De Chuquisaca (USFX)

USFX is a public university in Bolivia and it is one of the oldest Universities in South America. The Faculty of Chemical Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Sciences have an Experimental Institute of Biology “Luis Adam Briançon.” This institute has five research laboratories (Zoology, Water Quality, Parasitology, Microbiology, and Chagas) and it works in conjunction with the “Institute of Waters” of the Civil Engineering Faculty.

  • Key personnel: Nabor Moya, Ariel Angel Céspedes.
  • Webpage: https://www.usfx.bo
  • Participating in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6, and WP7.

21. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

21. Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

USFQ is the first private university of Ecuador, and it has two main headquarters located in Quito, Ecuador´s capital and Galapagos islands. USFQ is a remarkable research institution; it´s main scientific stations include “GAIAS” in the Galapagos Islands and the “Tiputini Biodiversity Station” in the Amazon Rainforest. USFQ also encompasses laboratories equipped with modern devices and infrastructure for high-quality research. The laboratories that will be involved in the DRYvER project are the Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology, the Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and the Laboratory of Mountain Ecology.

  • Key personnel: Andrea C. Encalada, Esteban Suárez, María Cristina Mateus, Susana Cárdenas.
  • Webpage: https://www.usfq.edu.ec/en
  • Participating in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP6, and WP7.

22. Regents of the University of Oklahoma (OU)

22. Regents of the University of Oklahoma (OU)

23. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS)

23. Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGLAS)

NIGLAS is an institute specialising in the research of the lake-basin system in China. Division of Lake-catchment Interaction and Manipulation and Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences will be involved in the project. The two departments focus on the major scientific issues in ensuring the watershed ecological safety and sustainable development in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and watersheds of major rivers and lakes in the humid southern region of China.

24. Catalan Water Agency - Agència Catalana de l'Aigua (ACA)

24. Catalan Water Agency - Agència Catalana de l'Aigua (ACA)

ACA is a public company attached to the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Catalan Government. ACA is the Water Authority responsible for planning and managing the whole water cycle in the Catalan River Basin District.

25. South-Transdanubian Water Management Directorate – Dél-Dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság (DDVIZIG)

25. South-Transdanubian Water Management Directorate – Dél-Dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság (DDVIZIG)

DDVIZIG is a Hungarian public body that operates from state budget. The main responsibilities of the Directorate are as follows: Maintenance and development of damage prevention structures, watercourses, canals; Protection of water-linked assets; Damage elimination tasks (protection against flood and inland water, technical control of local water damage prevention tasks, damage prevention related to water quality); Hydrographical tasks, operation of the gauging station network within the operational area.

  • Key personnel: Irina Pál, Gábor Horváth, Patricia Keszler.
  • Webpage: http://ddvizig.hu/en
  • Participating in WP5 and WP7.