Culverts – the major threat to fish you’ve probably never heard of

You probably cross rivers every day without realising it. Beneath the concrete underfoot are culverts – tunnels installed under roads and railways that allow rivers to pass from one side to the other. Like bridges, culverts allow people to cross rivers, but unlike bridges, culverts often don’t allow the fishes living in those rivers to […]

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Exploring your local river on Google Earth

We can learn about and visit our local rivers, but sometimes we might like to learn different things and see more of the river than we can do by visiting it locally. How can we do that?  One way is to use tools like Google Earth that project satellite imagery onto our computer screens, allowing […]

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Addressing challenges at road-river crossings

Last week, FIRE Lab hosted a one-day workshop with collaborators Maria Pregnolato (Bristol Uni), and Carlos Cabo and Pipo Roces (Swansea Uni). The focus of the workshop was on bridges, particularly those occur where roads cross over rivers (what we refer to as road-river crossings). At the workshop, we shared ideas about methods and strategies […]

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How can you model ecological trends across entire stream networks?

Happy Friday readers! This week’s blog post describes a workshop that I attended recently in Idaho, USA on spatially mapping environmental and ecological responses across entire stream networks. A key part of our studies at FIRE lab are to examine the connectivity of waterbodies and how river fragmentation influences instream biota. The Spatial-Stream-Network (SSN) Models […]

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The quest for dam data – #DamOrNot 2/2

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about #DamOrNot, a weekly game I host on Twitter, and shared definitions and imagery of different infrastructure we commonly encounter in the game. This week I’ll work to address a few questions that came through on Twitter. A few of these questions came from Michiel Jorisson, an active […]

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