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Is the Hyporheic Zone Relevant beyond the Scientific Community?

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Lewandowski, Jörg ; Arnon, Shai ; Banks, Eddie ; Batelaan, Okke ; Betterle, Andrea ; Broecker, Tabea ; Coll, Claudia ; Drummond, Jennifer D. ; Gaona Garcia, Jaime ; Galloway, Jason ; Gomez-Velez, Jesus ; Grabowski, Robert C. ; Herzog, Skuyler P. ; Hinkelmann, Reinhard ; Höhne, Anja ; Hollender, Juliane ; Horn, Marcus A. ; Jäger, Anna ; Krause, Stefan ; Löchner Prats, Adrian ; Magliozzi, Chiara ; Meinikmann, Karin ; Mojarrad, Brian Babak ; Müller, Birgit Maria ; Peralta-Maraver, Ignacio ; Popp, Andrea L. ; Posselt, Malte ; Putschew, Anke ; Radke, Michael ; Raza, Muhammad ; Rimi, Joakim ; Robertson, Anne ; Rutere, Cyrus ; Schaper, Jonas L. ; Schirmer, Mario ; Schulz, Hanna ; Shanafield, Margaret ; Singh, Tanu ; Ward, Adam S. ; Wolke, Philipp ; Wörman, Anders ; Wu, Liwen:
Is the Hyporheic Zone Relevant beyond the Scientific Community?
In: Water. Vol. 11 (2019) Issue 11 . - Art.Nr. 2230.
ISSN 2073-4441
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112230

Abstract in another language

Rivers are important ecosystems under continuous anthropogenic stresses. The hyporheic zone is a ubiquitous, reactive interface between the main channel and its surrounding sediments along the river network. We elaborate on the main physical, biological, and biogeochemical drivers and processes within the hyporheic zone that have been studied by multiple scientific disciplines for almost half a century. These previous efforts have shown that the hyporheic zone is a modulator for most metabolic stream processes and serves as a refuge and habitat for a diverse range of aquatic organisms. It also exerts a major control on river water quality by increasing the contact time with reactive environments, which in turn results in retention and transformation of nutrients, trace organic compounds, fine suspended particles, and microplastics, among others. The paper showcases the critical importance of hyporheic zones, both from a scientific and an applied perspective, and their role in ecosystem services to answer the question of the manuscript title. It identifies major research gaps in our understanding of hyporheic processes. In conclusion, we highlight the potential of hyporheic restoration to efficiently manage and reactivate ecosystem functions and services in river corridors.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 12:35
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 12:35
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/53777