Specialised workshops

International workshops - Monday 4 June (lunch box included)

Three specialised workshops are organised as part of I.S.Rivers 2018, on Monday 4 June at the Lyon 2 University. They are organised by international working groups.
Workshops 1 and 2 are in English, and workshop 3 includes French and English presentations. Please note that there will be no simultaneous translation during workshops.


W1 - Anthropocene rivers
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Check-in: 09:00
Workshop: 09:30-18:00

W2 - HyMoCARES
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Check-in: 12h
Workshop: 13:00-18:00

W3 - Usumacinta
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Check-in: 08:30
Workshop: 09:00-17:30



Challenges in Managing Fluvial Systems in the Anthropocene: Innovations in Analysing Rivers Co-evolving with Human Activities: an academic-stakeholder workshop - FULLY BOOKED.

 Schedule: check-in at 09:00. Workshop from 09:30 to 18:00.
Organisers : Peter DOWNS, University of Plymouth and Hervé Piégay, CNRS UMR 5600 EVS, University of Lyon
Human actions over the last 100-300 years have become an integral if not dominant influence on the hydrology, geomorphology, and ecological functioning of fluvial systems, with significant implications for developing approaches to river management that ensure river resilience and maximise their long-term ecosystem service potential. Analysing fluvial systems over such time-scales requires that human activities are considered along with natural factors during the diagnostic process, and that analyses are capable of locale-specific differentiation of cause and effect by integrating local- to catchment-scale drivers for change. This challenge requires novel analytical methods applicable at ‘historical’ spatial and temporal scales: progress is being facilitated by advances in remotely-sensed and passively-monitored data, enhanced modelling capabilities, novel uses of historical data and sediment archives, etc. This knowledge exchange workshop will showcase innovative methods for studying the co-evolutionary trajectory of river systems with discussions focused on developing joint academic-practitioner viewpoints of the primary challenges facing sustainable approaches to river management in the Anthropocene.

>> Download the programme PDF Workshop sponsored by the Collegium de Lyon

Planning, managing and restoring hydromorphology at river basin scale, within an ecosystem services framework

 Schedule: check-in at 12:00 followed by lunch. Workshop from 13:00 to 18:00.
Organisers : INTERREG Alpine Space HyMoCARES project consortium
The aim of the workshop is to foster discussion on good practices and available tools for planning, managing and restoring hydromorphological processes in Alpine rivers, taking into account the effects on relevant ecosystem services at appropriate scales. It is organised by the partners of the HyMoCARES INTERREG Alpine Space project (www.alpine-space.eu/hymocares), focusing on hydromorphological management of Alpine rivers and associated ecosystem services. It will bring together experts in fluvial geomorphology and river ecology, public officers and practitioners involved in river planning, management, and restoration in alpine environments. We will present preliminary results from the project, at its midterm stage of development, and emblematic experiences from different Alpine regions. The discussion, carried out in thematic groups, will be focused on operational tools for river managers, e.g. in order to develop catchment scale sediment management plans, design sediment continuity measures, identify integrated flood risk mitigation measures able to provide additional ecological and socio-economic benefits, define ecological flows in a more comprehensive manner, monitor and assess the effectiveness of river restoration projects.
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Comprendre le socio-écosystème du bassin versant de l’Usumacinta

 Schedule: check-in at 08:30. Workshop from 09:00 to 17:30.
Organisors: Isabelle Michallet and Pierre Charruau
The VAL-USES project (ANR-CONACYT), joining French and Mexican researchers, starts for three years in the Usumacinta watershed. Within this complex and vulnerable territory, many different human activities interact. Economic and environmental changes highly impact this socio-ecosystem. The VAL-USES project will focus on one special component of the river, essential for the ecosystem as for humans: sediments. This workshop will scientifically investigate the different aspects of the Usumacinta watershed, for a global approach of the territory. This first step will allow French and Mexican researchers to share their knowledge and to move forward to more specialized studies, focused on sediments. From a methodological point of view, the goal will be to exchange tools and experimental protocols, to build an interdisciplinary research work.
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