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Design of a watercourse and riparian strip monitoring system for environmental management
Debruxelles, N.; Claessens, Hugues; Lejeune, Philippe et al.
2009In Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 156
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Keywords :
Belgium; Monitoring; Riparian corridors; River; Survey; Water management
Abstract :
[en] Watercourses are complex ecosystems where numerous economic, ecological and heritage issues converge. To ensure their efficient management it is essential to have a full description of these multifunctional ecosystems and to know their evolution over time. This paper describes a method for monitoring watercourses and their riparian strips developed in Wallonia (southern Belgium). It is based on an inventory constructed by stratified random sampling comprising 1,071 sampling plots distributed over a total length of 24,600 km of watercourses covered from their source. Each sampling plot is surveyed and measurements and fine observations are made on watercourse segments 50 m long. The method developed, which was applied on a regional scale, could easily be transposed to other entities, from large river basins, to an entire country. Examples of results obtained from a first inventory phase demonstrate the utility of this tool designed to supply qualitative and quantitative information to assist watercourse management.
Disciplines :
Agriculture & agronomy
Environmental sciences & ecology
Aquatic sciences & oceanology
Author, co-author :
Debruxelles, N.
Claessens, Hugues ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Lejeune, Philippe ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Rondeux, Jacques ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech > Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Language :
English
Title :
Design of a watercourse and riparian strip monitoring system for environmental management
Publication date :
2009
Journal title :
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
ISSN :
0167-6369
eISSN :
1573-2959
Publisher :
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands
Volume :
156
Peer reviewed :
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