Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2717–2737, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2717–2737, 2018

Research article 07 May 2018

Research article | 07 May 2018

Long-term temporal trajectories to enhance restoration efficiency and sustainability on large rivers: an interdisciplinary study

David Eschbach et al.

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In this study we show the relevance of an interdisciplinary study for improving restoration within the framework of a European LIFE+ project on the French side of the Upper Rhine (Rohrschollen Island). Our results underscore the advantage of combining functional restoration with detailed knowledge of past trajectories in complex hydrosystems. We anticipate our approach will expand the toolbox of decision-makers and help orientate functional restoration actions in the future.