River ecohydraulics

River ecohydraulics

The field of ecohydraulics is rapidly growing as society requires a better undestanding of the interrelations amongst the dynamics of the physical processes pertaining to aquatic ecosystems and the modifications observed in their habitat as well as the biological responses of the organisms.

IH Cantabria's knowledge of hydrodynamic and morphodynamic processes in aquatic system is the starting point of this area of research which aims to study the interactions between these processes and the ecological processes and the biodiversity patterns present in rivers.

Ecohydraulics are also a fundamental tool to estimate the consequences of anthropic interventions (hydraulic works, spillls. water resource exploitation, etc. ) on the ecological state of the rivers as well as the definition of restoration projects on aquatic systems.

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