Hyporheic Network

Hyporheic Network

A knowledge transfer network on groundwater - surface water interactions and hyporheic zone processes


Welcome to the homepage of the Hyporheic Network - a Knowledge Transfer network on groundwater - surface water interactions and hyporheic zone processes.

The hyporheic zone is located at the interface of aquifers and rivers, and comprises the sediments in which there is exchange and mixing of groundwater and river water. It is an important zone for pollutant, energy and carbon cycling, and may be an important component of the riverine habitat.

peizometer coringThe Hyporheic Network:

1. engages with scientists and science end-users working on groundwater - surface water (GW-SW) interactions and hyporheic zone processes, to help transfer knowledge from the research to science end-user communities through a series of workshops and symposia, and by a web-based portal

2. will prepare a handbook on GW-SW interactions and the hyporheic zone, focusing on environmental management of hyporheic chemistry, ecology and flow. The handbook will synthesise cutting-edge science into a book focused on the needs of river managers

3. stimulates novel research proposals that address priority science and management problems by building new multi-disciplinary research teamsChalk streambed

4. identifies emerging research and provides a forum for scientists to interact with policy makers at UK and EU level, in order to influence future policy and legislative development

5. encourages training of, and collaboration between, young and more experienced researchers, including the active participation of young researchers such as PhD students, by supporting their attendance at network meetings.



New legislation, such as the EU Water Framework Directive, requires more integrated environmental management. To achieve this, better understanding of the interfaces between environmental compartments is needed. This network focuses on the interface between rivers and aquifers. The scope of the network extends from regional-scale water resources management of river-aquifer interactions to molecular scale pollutant cycling processes in riverbed sediments. The Hyporheic Network invites all interested workers to participate.


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University of Sheffield

Environment Agency

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Lancaster University

University of Southampton