SMIRES Training Course

Intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) are waterways that cease to flow
and sometimes dry. IRES cover more than half of the global river network and are
expanding due to global change. IRES are highly dynamic aquatic-terrestrial
ecosystems characterized by a rich biodiversity and providing multiple benefits to
societies including water, food, transport and leisure. Despite their prevalence, we
still have much to learn about the occurrence, hydrology, biogeochemistry, ecology,
social perception and economic value of IRES. Our limited understanding of IRES
affects our ability to manage these ecosystems effectively, and IRES remain poorly
protected by both national and European water legislation.
SMIRES is a COST Action funded by the European Union to generate networking,
capacity building and knowledge synthesis in IRES science and management. We
bring together academics and water managers, early-career and established
researchers, and scientists from different countries to pursue a common goal: to
advance the science and management of IRES. Our members share diverse
experiences and expertise to enable the development of novel and sometimes
unexpected multi-disciplinary solutions that meet key challenges in IRES science and
management. SMIRES members comprise a diverse network of more than 200
collaborators from across and beyond Europe. SMIRES groups share expertise to
synthesize national and international knowledge on IRES and to develop tools and
guidelines to promote their efficient management.
Project Coordinator: IRSTEA (Institut national de recherche en sciences et
technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture)

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