LTSER Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône - France
LTSER Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône
The LTSER platform Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône belongs to LTER-France network and is located in south eastern France, ranging from the Alp mountains to the Camargue delta, in the mediterannean sea. The LTSER focus on aquatic continental ecosystems (lakes, rivers and wetlands) from alpin to mediterannean climats. The ZABR aims at elucidating the relationship between a large river, the Rhône river, its channel and associated ecosystems and the societies established in its landscape, using a multidisciplinary approach. Research topics include physical and chimical characteristics, ecosystem dynamics, sociological studies. Long term changes in ecological processing and pollution are taken into account using paleoecological studies. Perception of the natural and anthropised environment are considered through geographical and sociological studies.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The Rhone Basin Long Term Environment Research is organized in Observatory and / or Experimental subsites. Research programs provide knowledge to stakeholders and decision makers, contributing to the sustainable management of rivers and watersheds. It is a researchers and partners network with a scientific label of the CNRS, 23 universities, schools or research organisations and 300 researchers. It aims to provide to decision makers a methodology to evaluate the effects of watershed rehabilitation or restoration on river hydrosystems, in terms of biodiversity, sustainability (lasting effects), ecological services and potential uses. Four research themes are crossed with experimental sites : 1) climatic change and resources, 2) flows, forms, habitats and biocoenocis, 3) pollution fluxes, ecotoxicology and ecosystems, 4) social observation of riverine territories.
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