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Title: Physical modelling of water, fauna and flora: knowledge gaps, avenues for future research and infrastructural needs
Authors: Thomas, Robert E.
Johnson, Matthew F.
Frostick, Lynne E.
Parsons, Daniel R.
Bouma, Tjeerd J.
Dijkstra, Jasper T.
Eiff, Oliver
Gobert, Sylvie
Henry, Pierre-Yves
Kemp, Paul
Mclelland, Stuart J.
Moulin, Frederic Y.
Myrhaug, Dag
Neyts, Alexandra
Paul, Maike
Penning, W. Ellis
Puijalon, Sara
Rice, Stephen P.
Stanica, Adrian
Tagliapietra, Davide
Tal, Michal
Torum, Alf
Vousdoukas, Michalis I.
Keywords: Biofilms
Biogeomorphology
Eco-hydraulics
Experimental facilities
Flow-biota interactions
Macrozoobenthos
Vegetated flows
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd / © International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research
Citation: THOMAS, R.E. ... et al, 2014. Physical modelling of water, fauna and flora: knowledge gaps, avenues for future research and infrastructural needs. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 52 (3), pp. 311 - 325.
Abstract: Physical modelling is a key tool for generating understanding of the complex interactions between aquatic organisms and hydraulics, which is important for management of aquatic environments under environmental change and our ability to exploit ecosystem services. Many aspects of this field remain poorly understood and the use of physical models within eco-hydraulics requires advancement in methodological application and substantive understanding. This paper presents a review of the emergent themes from a workshop tasked with identifying the future infrastructure requirements of the next generation of eco-hydraulics researchers. The identified themes are: abiotic factors, adaptation, complexity and feedback, variation, and scale and scaling. The paper examines these themes and identifies how progress on each of them is key to existing and future efforts to progress our knowledge of eco-hydraulic interactions. Examples are drawn from studies on biofilms, plants, and sessile and mobile fauna in shallow water fluvial and marine environments. Examples of research gaps and directions for educational, infrastructural and technological advance are also presented.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Hydraulic Research on 6 May 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00221686.2013.876453
Sponsor: The work described in this publication was supported by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme through a grant to the budget of the Integrated Infrastructure Initiative HYDRALAB IV, Contract No. 261520.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/00221686.2013.876453
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16421
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221686.2013.876453
ISSN: 0022-1686
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