The fine sediment conundrum; quantifying, mitigating and managing the isues

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Collins, A. L., Mathers, K. L., England, J., Brierley, B. and Rice, S. P. 2017. The fine sediment conundrum; quantifying, mitigating and managing the isues. River Research and Applications. 33, pp. 1509-1514.

AuthorsCollins, A. L., Mathers, K. L., England, J., Brierley, B. and Rice, S. P.
Abstract

Excess fine sediment is a global cause of lotic ecosystem degradation. Despite historic interest in
identifying sediment sources and quantifying instream dynamics, tackling fine sediment problems
remains a key challenge for river managers and a continued focus of international research.
Accordingly, a national meeting of the British Hydrological Society brought together those working
on fine sediment issues at the interface of hydrology, geomorphology, and ecology. The
resulting collection of papers illustrates the range of research being undertaken in this interdisciplinary
research arena, by academic researchers, environmental regulators, landowners, and consultants.
More specifically, the contributions highlight key methodological advancements in the
identification of fine sediment sources, discuss the complexities surrounding the accurate quantification
of riverbed fine sediment content, demonstrate the potential utility of faunal traits as
a biological monitoring tool, and recognize the need for improved mechanistic understanding of
the functional responses of riverine organisms to excess fine sediment. Understanding and mitigating
the effects of fine sediment pressures remains an important and multifaceted problem that
requires interdisciplinary collaborative research to deliver novel and robust management tools
and sustainable solutions.

Keywordsecology, management tools, sedimentation, sediment sources
Year of Publication2017
JournalRiver Research and Applications
Journal citation33, pp. 1509-1514
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/rra.3228
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Publication dates
Print10 Oct 2017
Copyright licenseCC BY
ISSN1535-1459
PublisherWiley-Blackwell

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