RivES group focuses on understanding river ecosystems. The ecosystem concept of rivers recognizes the importance of abiotic processes (e.g., morphodynamics), habitat diversity, the role of riparian vegetation and organic matter, the diversity of living beings and the complex interdependence between all of them. Similarly, we understand that a river must be conceived as part of the watershed it drains, considering what occurs in the linked terrestrial systems.

RivES aims at developing new methods for monitoring and modelling river ecosystems and at refining theories about how physical and biotic processes interact to create habitat, helping design effective management strategies and informing sustainable environmental policies.