Transforming river management practices
- Research supports the conservation and administration of aquatic ecosystems
Following the winter 2013-14 flooding of the Somerset Levels, awareness of the impacts of fluvial geomorphology has greatly increased across the UK.
The work of Loughborough researchers is transforming the methods used by practitioners responsible for river management – as well as policy decisions – world-wide.
Surface grain-size measurement is regularly used to study river flow and sediment flux, but conventional manual methods are time consuming and costly.
Automated grain-sizing (AGS) software Gravelometer™ – developed and sold through Loughborough spin-out Sedimetrics® – minimises field time and costs whilst making the process of analysis, reporting and action much more efficient.
The research team have also undertaken work on behalf of various organisations across the US and UK, influencing infrastructure decisions which impact river ecology.
SPINOUT – SEDIMETRICS®
Gravelometer™ provides a quick and cost efficient AGS procedure – and is now informing policy and infrastructure decisions world-wide.
Organisations in the UK and US have commissioned the research team to undertake vital ecological studies on their behalf.
The Earth’s Systems Institute describes the research findings as a “guiding light” for the development GIS-based tools for riverine habitat.
The research has been key to a number of river restoration projects as well as assessments of sediment pollution and fishery productivity.