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Rivers & future

We develop management strategies and techniques to improve our streams and rivers.

Within the current context of global change, human activities are a major cause of degradation of streams and rivers. The Urban River Lab (URL) is an outdoor laboratory addressed to better understand the multiple effects of human activities on streams and rivers. The multidisciplinary profiles of the URL’s team allow addressing these questions from multiple and complementary perspectives.

The URL consists of 15 channels and 12 wetlands designed for experimental practices, fed by treated water from the effluent of a wastewater treatment plant. The main objective of the URL is to develop new tools to improve the quality of streams and rivers heavily modified by human activities and face the management of freshwater resources.

SERVICES

The URL is available to academic, governmental and private institutions willing to benefit from the scientific and technical knowledge of the URL team as well as from the experimental facilities provided.

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FACILITY

The URL is an outdoor laboratory consisting of channels with circulating water and wetlands designed to investigate new techniques to improve the water quality of highly modified streams and rivers.

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PEOPLE

The expertise of people involved in the URL covers a wide variety of knowledge disciplines, mainly related to the management and restoration of the environment, wastewater treatment and freshwater ecology.

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RESEARCH

The research carried out at the URL involves several scientific disciplines and seeks to generate new knowledge to better understand the functioning of streams and rivers within the current context of global change.

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Current projects

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Hyporheic Zone Processes – A training network for enhancing the understanding of complex physical, chemical and biological process interactions.

 

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Biorreactive role of temporary fluvial ecosistems to the WWTP efluents.

 

 

 

 

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Project for the development and diversification of native aquatic plants in new applications.

 

 

 

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Open-air laboratories for nature based solutions to manage hydro-meteo risks.

 

 

 

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PEOPLE

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The expertise of people involved in the URL covers a wide variety of knowledge disciplines, mainly related to the management and restoration of the environment, wastewater treatment and freshwater ecology with the common goal of gain understanding of the functioning of streams and rivers altered by human activity to improve their management and quality. The URL is available to academic, governmental and private institutions willing to benefit from the scientific and technical knowledge of the URL team as well as from the experimental facilities provided.

 

 

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12 CHANNELS OF 12 METERS AND 3 CHANNELS OF 35 METERS LENGTH WITH A SECTION OF 0.74 X 0.47 M. THE CIRCULATING WATER COMES FROM THE CENTRAL TANK FED BY TREATED WATER FROM THE EFFLUENT OF A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. THE INPUT FLOW RATE OF 12 METERS LONG CHANNELS IS AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTABLE UP TO 0.2 L/S.

Supporting institucions

Colaborators

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