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Manfred Spreafico"Importance of Material Fluxes in River Eco-Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management"
published date:2015-01-08

Speaker:Manfred Spreafico,University of Berne, Switzerland

Time13:30-14:40 p.m.,Jan.15th
Location:Moonlight hall ,Overseas Exchange Center

The tool of Integrated Water Resources Management is selected to show the relevance and importance of material fluxes in eco-systems in supporting and solving the difficult and complex problems. After a brief introduction to the material fluxes, the presentation focusses on selected topics of protection of water resources, water quality and aquatic ecosystems, protection against harmful impacts of water and optimal use of the water. And this in the system of driving forces, pressures, state, impact and responses. Some experiences from the environmentally sound management of the Rhine countries are shown. Information is given to monitoring, measures to improve and prevent water quality as well as the improvement of fish habitats and impacts of climate change on fishes. Finally some information is provided to the control of material fluxes in the Rhine River and the alarm system in case of accidental pollution of the Rhine. The second part of the presentation focusses on Integrated Flood Management principles and flood risk cycle and especially on erosion, sediment transport and deposition. The last part of the presentation shows some impacts of the water use by navigation on the environment and river material fluxes.
Prof. Manfred Spreafico got his Ph.D at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Federal Technical University at Zurich, Switzerland.He worked then in the Swiss National Hydrological Survey and was 1997 elected as professor at the Institute of Geography of the University of Berne. Since 2008 he works as consultant for Integrated Water Resources Management, specialized in hydrometeorology, flood and sediment management.
Prof. Manfred Spreafico is acting chairperson of the International Sediment Initiative of UNESCO and was for 20 years president of the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin. He has worked as chairman or member of committees and working groups in the fields of hydrology incl. erosion and sediments as well as in IWRM in national and international organizations and institutions. As lecturer, trainer, project manager and project member he has worked in more than 60 countries.