Objectives

The overall aim of the project is to understand the mechanisms by which current and past land uses affect river processes to draw more effective catchment management strategies.

The specific objectives of the project are:

1. Determination of landscape temporal dynamics: the construction of a landscape legacy record using remote sensing techniques.

2. Accounting for spatial arrengement of catchment land uses: characterise catchment land uses to river reaches following different spatial arrangements by developing specific GIS-based software.

3. Identification of landscape legacy effects on hydro-morphological processes: determine and quantify the effects that land use legacies might have on hydromorphological processes

4. Determining river functioning temporal dynamics under different landscape legacies: explore the conceptual development of a river functioning simulation model at a reach scale

5. Identification of landscape legacy effects on river network functioning: produce a spatial model for river network functioning rates, which will assist the decision making process when planning for catchment strategies.

This will be achieved through a series of steps being the first one the construction of a landscape legacy record using remote sensing techniques, and developing specific GIS-based software to characterise catchment land uses to river reaches following different spatial arrangements. RIVERLANDS will then look at how the constructed land use spatial and temporal patterns affect river processes in order to produce a spatial model for river network functioning rates and to explore the conceptual development of a river functioning simulation model at a reach scale. The creation of these models will assist the decision making process when planning for catchment strategies.