Eleventh factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

September 13, 2021 The eleventh factsheet of the RIVEAL project continues a series of information documents introducing the ecosystem services provided by rivers and riparian vegetation considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Cultural Services – features non-material benefits of ecosystems through spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, reflection, recreation and aesthetic experience. Learn...

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The RIVEAL Project was present at the SEFS12!

August 4, 2021 During 25-30th July 2021, the RIVEAL project members attended the 12th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS12). This event was held as a virtual conference due to the COVID19 restrictions but with a typical program with parallel sessions, special sessions and poster sessions. The work performed under the RIVEAL project made an...

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How to estimate the carbon stock of riparian forests?

July 12, 2021 After the recent publication of the scientific article “Carbon Stock Estimations in a Mediterranean Riparian Forest: A Case Study Combining Field Data and UAV Imagery” (https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/11/4/376/htm), the RipCarbon and RIVEAL projects team from CEF/ISA present a vídeo with the methods to estimate the carbon of the riparian florests. See how in:

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New RIVEAL paper published!

July 1, 2021 The most recently published paper under the RIVEAL project entitled “Influence of river regulation and instream habitat on invertebrate assemblage’ structure and function” was published in the reputable scientific journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN). This study investigates the structural and functional macroinvertebrate community alterations in different instream mesohabitats of two Portuguese rivers...

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The RIVEAL project on the TV!

June 14, 2021 The RIVEAL project participated in the famous Portuguese weekly TV environment magazine “Biosfera”, which presents sustainable paths to Portugal and highlights the main players working on the topics covered. Its 23rd episode was devoted to riverine ecosystems, particularly, riparian vegetation, where Francisca Aguiar, the RIVEAL project’s Principal Investigator explained the objectives of...

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A PhD thesis with the seal of RIVEAL

June 4, 2021 The RIVEAL project has been supporting Ivana Lozanovska during her PhD studies on Forestry Engineering and Natural Resources, under the Sustainable Forests and Products (SUSFOR) PhD Programme funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. The PhD thesis entitled “Functional diversity as indicator of ecosystem functioning in Mediterranean riparian forests” was supervised...

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The RIVEAL project hosts a Special Session at the IAVS Symposium!

May 13, 2021 The RIVEAL project will host a Special Session entitled “River vegetation, the challenges of management and conservation and their values and ecosystem services” at the 63rd International Association of Vegetation Science Symposium, taking place from the 20th till the 23rd of September 2021. This is a worldwide union of scientists and others...

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The RIVEAL factsheets are now citable!

May 07, 2021 The RIVEAL project factsheets were uploaded in zenodo.org, a catch-all repository developed by the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) for European Commission (EC) funded research. Zenodo is derived from Zenodotus, the first librarian of the Ancient Library of Alexandria and father of the first recorded use of metadata, a landmark in...

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Tenth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

February 02, 2021 The tenth factsheet of the RIVEAL project continues a series of information documents introducing the ecosystem services provided by rivers and riparian vegetation considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Riparian forests – features woody plant communities of semi-terrestrial habitats between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems providing multiple ecosystem services,...

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Ninth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

January 18, 2021 The ninth factsheet of the RIVEAL project starts a series of information documents introducing the ecosystem services provided by rivers and riparian vegetation considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Riparian carbon – features the amount of carbon that has been sequestered from the atmosphere and is stored within...

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New paper from project RIVEAL about the effects of river regulation on the fluvial ecosystem surrogated by multiple biological elements

January 07, 2021 The paper “Multi-biologic group analysis for an ecosystem response to longitudinal river regulation gradients” was published on Science of the Total Environment journal (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/science-of-the-total-environment). The study assessed how multiple aquatic and riparian biological elements are affected by a gradient of regulation intensity and their interrelations while coping with this disturbance. The paper...

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Eighth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

January 05, 2021 The eighth factsheet of the RIVEAL project follows up a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Diatoms – features eukaryotic, microscopic, unicellular or colonial organisms, belonging to the Bacillariophyceae. They are mainly photosynthetic, with golden-brown chloroplasts microalgae colonizing all types...

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Seventh factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

December 22, 2020 The seventh factsheet of the RIVEAL project follows up a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Macroinvertebrates – features aquatic boneless organisms, small but visible to the naked eye, that are found in the water, in which they live their...

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Sixth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

December 14, 2020 The sixth factsheet of the RIVEAL project follows up a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Bryophytes – features small non-vascular plants that reproduce via spores and include mosses, liverworts and hornworts. These, cannot be classified as truly aquatic plants...

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Fifth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

November 24, 2020 The fifth factsheet of the RIVEAL project follows up a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Macroalgae – features multicellular algae of thalli-like structures composing a heterogeneous group both in terms of taxonomy, morphology and ecological requirements. Learn more about...

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Fourth factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

October 13, 2020 The fourth factsheet of the RIVEAL project starts a series of information documents introducing the biological elements considered for analysis in the project’s tasks. This factsheet – Macrophytes – features aquatic photosynthetic organisms large enough to see with the naked eye, that live in or near the water. In the RIVEAL project,...

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Third factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

September 24, 2020 The third factsheet of the RIVEAL project presents the adopted field sampling methodology and reports the activities acomplished towards data collection, during June and July 2019, to support data analysis. Learn more about the project’s field sampling methodology and the amount of data collected, here.

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Second factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

September 08, 2020 The second factsheet of the RIVEAL project describes the phenomenon of river regulation, one of the most endangering processes to river ecosystems. Understand how river regulation works and affects riverscapes and biota, here.

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New paper from project RIVEAL about the effects of river regulation on aquatic and riparian plant communities

August 20, 2020 The paper “Streamflow regulation effects in the Mediterranean rivers: How far and to what extent are aquatic and riparian communities affected?” was published on Science of the Total Environment journal (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/science-of-the-total-environment). The study focuses on how different plant groups (macrophytes, bryophytes, and riparian woody vegetation) respond to hydrological alterations along the river...

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First factsheet of the RIVEAL project is now online!

August 17, 2020 The first factsheet of the RIVEAL project makes a concise presentation of the project overview, highlighting its objectives, case studies, activities and, expected results and outreach. Get acquainted on the project with this factsheet, here.

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New paper from project RIVEAL about functional diversity of riparian woody vegetation

June 25, 2020 The paper “Functional Diversity of Riparian Woody Vegetation Is Less Affected by River Regulation in the Mediterranean Than Boreal Region” has been published on Frontiers in Plant Science journal (https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/plant-science). The study is a comparative investigation of the functional diversity patterns of riparian woody vegetation to streamflow regulation in boreal Sweden and...

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New paper about riparian vegetation ecosystem services, co-authored by RIVEAL project members

May 08, 2020 The paper “Global overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation” has been published on BioScience journal (https://academic.oup.com/bioscience). The study is an overview of ecosystem services provided by riparian vegetation, describing their characteristics and ranking the importance of each service. It also introduces a guided framework for use in riparian vegetation management...

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New paper about carbon stock estimations, under the seal of the RIVEAL project

March 27, 2020 The paper “Carbon Stock Estimation in a Mediterranean Riparian Forest” has been published on the Special Issue Spatial and Temporal patterns of Riparian Forests and Ecosystem Services of the MDPI journal Forests (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/Riparian_Forests). The study was part of the RIPCARBON project and Activity 4 of the RIVEAL project – “Carbon sequestration –...

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The RIVEAL project was present at the International Seminar on Environment and Society: current challenges and pathways to change

March 12, 2020 On the 2nd and 3rd of March 2020, team members of the RIVEAL project attended the International Seminar on Environment and Society: current challenges and pathways to change, in Lisbon, Portugal, and participated with a communication titled “Projeto RIVEAL: os desafios de avaliar os serviços de ecossistema culturais numa relação complexa entre...

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Riveal first year general meeting

November 7, 2019 A general meeting of the RIVEAL project took place at Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, to discuss the working progress and results of the first year. This general meeting was attended by all project partners and intended to discuss the achievement of the proposed activities in the course the first year of the...

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First workshop

January 15, 2019 The first Workshop of the RIVEAL project took place at Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal. This meeting intended to present the project to the science community, water managers and decision makers, and general population. Herein, Francisca Aguiar presented the RIVEAL project in general while the remaining speakers talked about specific topics that...

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