Ecohydrology and Geomorphology

Ecohydrology and Geomorphology

Changes in land use, especially deforestation of rivers produces a significant change in the hydrology, sediment dynamics and transport of substances through river systems.

IH Cantabria is interested in understanding the mechanisms that produce these changes. To do this, studies are being carried out on how sub-superficial flows are modified as well as the transpiration and evaporation pattern produced in the infiltration, runoff, flows and evapotranspiration patterns contained within a watershed. Regarding sediment transportation,  we are analyzing how the composition and arrangement of the different patches of vegetation that shape the landscape alter the erosion-sedimentation patterns within a water basin and how they affect the dynamics of sediment transport along a river network. Similarly, IH Cantabria is interested in analyzing the effects of the presence and/or absence of the riparian forest on river morphodynamics of a river.

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