RIVEAL is a research project focused on studying the impacts of river regulation on ecosystems and local populations. The project aims to understand the influence of human activities on rivers and develop strategies for ecological restoration and conservation.
The RIVEAL project actively engages in outreach activities to disseminate its research findings and promote awareness about river ecosystems. The project team regularly participates in conferences and publishes scientific papers to share their knowledge with the scientific community.
RIVEAL at the SERE Conference
In September 2022, two members of the RIVEAL project participated in the 13th Conference of the Society of Ecological Restoration (SERE2022) held at the University of Alicante, Spain. The conference focused on the theme "Restoring Nature, Reconnecting People" and brought together more than 350 participants. The RIVEAL project team presented their work through oral communications and posters.
New RIVEAL Paper Published
The RIVEAL project team recently published a paper titled "The influence of river regulation on the affinity for nature and perceptions of local populations" in the Journal of Environmental Management. The paper explores how river regulation affects people's connection to nature and their perceptions of the local environment. This research contributes to a better understanding of the social aspects related to river restoration.
RIVEAL at the RIPA-1 Conference
In April 2022, the RIVEAL project members participated in the First International Conference on Riparian Ecosystems Science and Management (RIPA-1) held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The conference, organized by the COST Action CONVERGES and the Plant Science & Biodiversity Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences, provided a platform for sharing knowledge and discussing the management of riparian ecosystems. The RIVEAL project team presented their research findings and exchanged ideas with other experts in the field.
Carbon Stock Estimation in Riparian Forests
The RipCarbon and RIVEAL projects, in collaboration with CEF/ISA, recently published a scientific article on estimating carbon stock in Mediterranean riparian forests. The study combines field data and UAV imagery to provide accurate estimations of carbon storage in riparian forests. This research contributes to the understanding of the role of riparian forests in carbon sequestration and their importance for climate change mitigation.
Alterations in Invertebrate Assemblages
A new paper published under the RIVEAL project titled "Influence of river regulation and instream habitat on invertebrate assemblage structure and function" investigates the impacts of river regulation and habitat alterations on macroinvertebrate communities in Portuguese rivers. The study examines the structural and functional changes in invertebrate assemblages in different instream mesohabitats, providing insights into the ecological consequences of river regulation.
RIVEAL on "Biosfera" TV Show
The RIVEAL project was featured on the Portuguese weekly TV environment magazine "Biosfera." In the 23rd episode dedicated to riverine ecosystems, Francisca Aguiar, the Principal Investigator of the RIVEAL project, explained the project's objectives and highlighted the importance of riparian vegetation for ecosystem health. The TV show aims to promote sustainable practices and raise awareness about environmental issues in Portugal.