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A river runs through natural settings, a river runs through urban environments. Most rivers in the world have been impacted by human activities. Our goal is to gain a solid understanding of river dynamics and related ecosystem services. As engineers, we will learn methods and tools to restore habitats for certain aquatic species, stabilize banks, and rehabilitate important natural functions in urban streams.
The section is divided between lectures and field-based activities. A local stream is used as a field site. Students will be involved in first quantifying the dominant hydraulic, ecological and biological parameters defining the stream health. Second, based on the local biota needs, structures for in-stream placements or bank stabilization will be investigated and designed. Monitoring will be undertaken for long-term sustainable assessment and health of the stream.
Research and design for river restoration