University of Worcester academics publish volume on Ecohydraulics

A number of University of Worcester experts have recently had a book published on the emerging and expanding field of Ecohydraulics.

Dr Ian Maddock, Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography, was lead editor and worked alongside PhD student Martin Wilkes, former PhD student and lecturer Graham Hill and lecturer Dr Fleur Visser, all of whom made contributions to Ecohydraulics: An Integrated Approach, a research level volume which focuses on one of the University’s key areas of research expertise.

Dr Maddock explains: “The book has been at least two years in the making. Ecohydraulics is a key specialism we have within our River Science research group, so we have drawn on our own knowledge and have also worked with contributors from around the globe.

“One of the main aims was to provide an overview of the cutting edge research being completed at Worcester and elsewhere that looks at the influence of hydraulics on aquatic organisms and uses this knowledge to help us understand how we can manage river flows to improve habitats and for environmentally-sensitive river management.

Aimed at academics and postgraduate researchers, the text highlights recent developments in the field, examining the evolution and scope of interactions between hydraulics, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and aquatic ecology.

Dr Maddock continues: “The contributions within the book offer broad geographic coverage and encapsulate the wide range of approaches, case studies and methods used to conduct ecohydraulics research.

“They consider a range of spatial and temporal scales of relevance and aquatic organisms, and we also put focus on river management and restoration. The book will be of direct relevance to those concerned with River Science research and water resource management.”

Ecohydraulics: An Integrated Approach published by Wiley Blackwell, is available now.