Special Issue "Impact of Large Wood on River Ecosystems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydraulics and Hydrodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Isabella Schalko
Guest Editor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
Interests: environmental fluid mechanics; flood assessment; physical modeling; sediment transport; turbulence structures; wood dynamics in rivers
Dr. Volker Weitbrecht
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: environmental fluid mechanics; physical modeling; experimental techniques; river revitalization; flood assessment; river bed stabilization; airborne river monitoring; mixing and transport processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Large wood (LW), also referred to as instream wood or driftwood, is a relevant part of a river ecosystem, commonly used for restoration and interacting with river engineering structures. LW in rivers creates heterogeneous flow conditions and morphological structures. LW accumulations may form ecologically beneficial dead water zones, thereby enabling the storage of nutrients. In addition, LW accumulations provide habitat for many different species and increase hyporheic exchange. To improve river restoration efforts, it is important to understand the LW transport dynamics and how LW affects and interacts with flow, sediment, and fauna.

Recent floods demonstrated an increase in sediment and wood-laden flows, which affects the design of hydraulic structures. Current river engineering structures impair the ecologically required sediment and LW continuity during low flows. Therefore, innovative monitoring and design concepts are required that sustainably manage sediment and LW transport.

This Special Issue focuses on the impact of large wood on river morphodynamics and the related ecosystems. We invite contributions that study wood transport dynamics and the interactions between wood, flow, sediment, or fauna to inform restoration efforts. We further encourage studies on sustainable wood management in rivers, including innovative technical solutions.

We invite contributions using field, laboratory, or numerical approaches. Original research papers, case-studies, and critical reviews will be considered.

Dr. Isabella Schalko
Dr. Volker Weitbrecht
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ecohydraulics
  • Environmental flows
  • Driftwood
  • Instream wood
  • Large wood
  • Flood control
  • Wood hazard assessment
  • Wood transport dynamics
  • Wood–sediment interaction
  • Wood–fauna interaction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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