Classically, the physical conceptualisation of rivers focuses mostly on the interactions between water and sediment. However, by interacting with the flow and sediments, the riparian vegetation and the instream wood sustain the physical and ecological integrity of the river, in other words: its health.
In order to preserve and restore healthy and dynamic rivers, while mitigating potential flood risks, we want to better understand the feedbacks between flow-sediment-riparian vegetation-wood.
We apply a multidisciplinary approach combining field surveys, remote sensing and Drones, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling.
Our work represents the intersection of physical, ecological, and social aspects of rivers, crossing disciplines such as biogeomorphology, hydromorphology and ecohydrology