Hyporheic Network

Hyporheic Network

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


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What is the hyporheic zone?
The term ‘hyporheic zone’ is used to refer to the zone beneath and adjacent to a river or stream in which groundwater and surface water mix.

Why is the hyporheic zone important?
The Water Framework Directive is beginning to drive a more integrated approach to the management of the aquatic environment. The understanding of flow and pollutant behaviour within aquifers and within rivers channels is relatively good, but the understanding of processes that occur at the interface of these systems, in the hyporheic zone, is poor. In order to deliver a more integrated approach to improving the aquatic environment there needs to be a greater focus on the role of the hyporheic zone.

What is the hyporheic network?
The hyporheic network is a knowledge transfer network that focuses on groundwater-surface water interactions and hyporheic zone processes. It aims to improve dissemination of research from the research community to science end users, and to aid its use in regulatory, management and policy decision making processes. It will allow a forum for presentation and discussion of new research, and it will also allow the users of research to directly communicate their priorities for future research to the academic community.

The aims of the hyporheic network
1. establish and maintain a forum groundwater / surface water interactions and hyporheic zone processes.
2. promote and disseminate research
3. prepare and publish a handbook
4. build new cross-discipline research teams which will stimulate novel research proposals to address end user problems
5. provide a forum for scientists to interact with policy makers at UK and EU level
6. encourage collaboration between young and more experienced researchers, including the active participation of young researchers , including PhD students , by supporting their attendance at network meetings.

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