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Decisive meetings for the DRYvER project: Addressing the future of river networks in times of climate change

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Last April 2 and 3, a series of Dryver project meetings were held. The meetings have served to specify the articles to be produced as the closure of WP3 of the project. This WP aims to define and predict different functions of fluvial ecosystems (rivers), understood as biomass production, leaf litter respiration, or the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere, in rivers that suffer from drying The meeting has served to close the different aspects in progress and define how to arrive at the prediction of how these functions can change depending on climate change. River networks are one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots on Earth and are essential to human well-being. However, climate change and increased human use of water are causing more rivers and streams to dry up, but these dried up rivers (DRNs) have received little attention. DRYvER is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to collect, analyze and model data from nine DRNs in Europe and South America to create an innovative global meta-systems approach incorporating hydrology, socioeconomics, ecology and biogeochemistry to develop strategies, tools, guidelines and recommendations for the adaptive management of river networks in the EU and worldwide.