Special Issue "A Systems Approach for River and River Basin Restoration"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: hydrology; forests; rivers; rainfall-runoff modeling; stormwater management; urban climate change adaptation; ecosystem functions; sustainable development
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River and river basin restoration faces significant challenges: a) the restoration target is often unknown, and is not likely an initial or completely natural state, which remains poorly understood; b) restoration structures should provide multiple functions to benefit humans and biodiversity; c) restoration scale and complexity should consider local to basin-level issues; and d) restoration resiliency should handle uncertain future drivers and beneficiaries of river and river basin health. A strategy to restore dynamic and complex river and river basin ecosystems involves a systems approach. Based on a United Nations review of needs for river and river basin restoration, this Special Issue solicits contributions that advance knowledge in the following systems approach topics: 1) identifying, understanding, and working with the catchment and riverine physical, chemical and biological processes comprising river basin and river health and delivering ecosystem services; 2) identifying, incorporating, and involving socio-economic values and broader planning and development activities linked to river basin and river health; 3) addressing structure and function relationships at the appropriate scales to address limiting factors to river health; 4) setting clear, achievable, and measurable goals, framed (as much as possible) in terms of changes to ecosystem structure and function, the provisioning of ecosystem services and, where feasible, socioeconomic factors; 5) planning, implementing, and managing to provide resilience to a range of scenarios over time, including changes to climate, land use, hydrology, pollutant loads, and population, so restoration outcomes are sustained over the long term; 6) involving all relevant stakeholders in an integrated approach, addressing land and water issues, and involving interagency and community collaboration, to achieve the greatest benefits; and 7) monitoring, evaluating, adapting, and reporting evidence of river and river basin health, relative to goals, to guide restoration and adaptive management.
Prof. Theodore Endreny
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- integrated watershed management
- landscape design
- water and terrestrial ecosystems
- structure function relationships
- surface water and groundwater interactions
- ecosystem services