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Durham University

Department of Geography

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New EU Project Collaboration Across Biosciences, Geography and Business School

(30 November 2016)


The EU-funded project AMBER (Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers), launched today, will provide innovative solutions to river fragmentation in Europe by improving methods of restoring stream connectivity through adaptive barrier management. This includes creating comprehensive maps of barriers, better defining impacts and options for cost-effective connectivity improvements at the catchment scale, and disseminating best-practice knowledge.

Durham University is one of 20 European partners involved in the €6.2 million AMBER research project that will take place over 2016 - 2020. Durham's contribution to the multidisciplinary project draws upon its expertise across aquatic ecology (Dr Martyn Lucas, Department of Biosciences), ecosystem services (Professor Riccardo Scarpa, Business School) and remote sensing (Dr Patrice Carbonneau, Department of Geography).

Dr Lucas commented "Biodiversity has declined in freshwater faster than on land or at sea. Human development has caused massive changes to rivers in Europe over hundreds of years and we need to find ways to enable rivers to function more naturally, while continuing to use their key resources".