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A EUROpean training and research network for environmental FLOW management in river basins Euroflow

A EUROpean training and research network for environmental FLOW management in river basins.

The regulation of river flows is one of the biggest stressors affecting river ecosystems across the world. In many westernised countries, major legislative efforts are therefore underpinning the development of new approaches to mitigate the impacts of river flow regulation (e.g. EU WFD, US Clean Water Act, South Africa National Water Act, Australian Water Resources Act). These approaches are based on optimising the management of river flows to maintain services to humans (e.g. water supply, hydropower) whilst protecting and/or rejuvenating the aquatic environment with water of adequate quantity and quality in space and time (i.e. environmental flows, aka e-flows). In this context, a field of applied aquatic science has developed to generate the evidence base for identifying the best ways to manage the quantity, quality and patterns of e-flows to sustain river ecosystems. EUROFLOW will train a new cohort of researchers to be future leaders in this field.

BC3 role: BC3 will provide guidance and practical support to WP6 (Ecosystem services) to ensure that future scenarios and feasible demand management options are chosen for modelling. BC3 will also host a PhD student from UFZ during the second year of the project for 3 months to develop ecosystem service models.

Start date: September 2017

End date: August 2021

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 (ETN)

Beneficiaries in EUROFLOW consortium:

University of Leeds – coordinator

Environmental Hydraulics Institute, Cantabria

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Norwegian Institute for Water Research

University of Birmingham

Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V., Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Department Ecohydrology

Stichting IHE Delft

UFZ-Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig, Department Landscape Ecology, Leipzig, Germany

University of Trento

Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Technische Universiteit Delft 

Partner organisations:

University of Oslo

Yorkshire Water Services Limited

Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
Environment Agency

Swiss National Park

Engadiner Kraftwerk

CBEC ECoEngineering UK LTD

State Agency for Flood Protection and water management Saxony-Anhalt

Slovenian Water Agency

Ove Arup & Partners International Limited

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)

MWH Global

Key people involved in BC3:

Dr. Ferdinando Villa  

Dr. Javier Martinez

Dr. Stefano Balbi

 Euroflow website:

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EUROFLOW Project, coordinated by University of Leeds, has received funding from the European Union ´s Horizon 2020 European Training Networks programme under the grant agreement Nº 765553.


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