About the project
Over the past centuries, lowland streams such as in The Netherlands have been modified and trained, resulting in rapid drainage of the catchments. In recent decades, realization has grown that rapid drainage has considerable drawbacks, so waterboards have drastically changed their views on management of streams. Stream restoration has become an important theme in water management throughout The Netherlands and the rest of Europe over the past decades, aiming at improving the ecological, hydrological and morphological value.
Current restoration projects often aim at restoring the streams “natural” state by mimicking the channel planform characteristics before channelization. However, unknown is how streams morphologically function and how they are affected by land use changes in different geographical positions. Since morphological processes in streams are relatively slow, much can be learned from past natural processes that have affected and altered the morphology of streams over the last thousands of years. This project aims at improving the insights in these processes and translate them into practical and cost-efficient solutions for current and future stream restoration projects. Read two-pages overview >>
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