Second International Symposium on Riverine Landscapes (SOSORL)

Venue: Bredsel, Älvsbyn

Location: Bredsel, Älvsbyn, Sweden

Event Date/Time: Aug 15, 2004 End Date/Time: Aug 21, 2004
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Human societies depend on freshwater from streams and rivers. Riverine ecosystems are among the most species-rich in the world, but also belong to the ecosystems most degraded by humans, threatening both human needs and biodiversity. In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of stream restoration projects. The challenge for science is to provide guidelines, predict the consequences and assess outcomes of restoration. Experts in stream restoration science from all over the world will converge on the banks of the free-flowing Pite River to synthesize the current state of knowledge on restoring riverine ecosystems, and explore future research directions.

The meeting will take place in Bredsel in northern Sweden, overlooking one of the largest rapids in Europe that remain free-flowing, Storforsen (literally meaning “the big rapid”). Here, the Pite River drops 80 m in a short stretch.

The structure of the meeting will ensure that all participants have plenty of time to interact and to present their research. The symposium consists of lectures and poster sessions organized into different themes, workshops, and excursions. All will have the opportunity of contributing posters and to have a short oral presentation of their poster. All participants will stay in the hotel where the symposium is hosted. Conference attendance is limited to about 120 participants