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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
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
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
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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