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The next SedNet conference will be held on 23-26 September 2015 in Krakow, Poland. Theme of the conference is “Solving societal challenges; working with sediments”. The Call for Abstracts is now open! Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2015.
The conference is hosted and co-organized by the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology.
Call for Abstracts
Abstracts on these topics will preferably point out the link between society and sediments and relate to its ecosystem functions. Also process-related studies of sediment transport and budget in rivers are welcome that help to understand the sediment-water-soil system. The meaning of effect-oriented research will be a topic as well as the identification of future challenges and perspectives.
Abstracts will be selected by the SedNet Steering Group either for platform presentation or for poster presentation.
The SedNet Steering Group is pleased to announce that recently three new members joined the team:
OVAM – Public Waste Agency of Flanders
Flemish Government, Dept. Mobility and Public Works
The Sava River Basin is shared by five countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, while a negligible part of the basin area also extends to Albania.
The full document about the Estimation of Sediment Balance for the Sava River can be downloaded from the website of the International Sava River Basin Commission www.savacommission.org and is also available viawww.sednet.org.
ITRC Publishes New Guidance Document onContaminated Sediments Remediation
Remediation of contaminated sediments commonly targets the complimentary goals of protecting human health and the environment and restoring impaired environmental resources to beneficial use. Remediating contaminated sediment sites is challenging from a technical and risk-management perspective. A new ITRC web-based guidance document presents a remedy selection framework for contaminated sediments to help project managers evaluate remediation technologies and develop remediation alternatives based on site-specific data. General categories of contaminated sediment remedial technologies covered in the guidance document include monitored natural recovery (MNR) and enhanced monitored natural recovery (EMNR), in situ treatment, capping (conventional and amended), and removal (dredging and excavation). Additional factors that need to be considered as part of the evaluation process are summarized (e.g. feasibility, cost, stakeholder and local governments concerns, and others).
This new ITRC guidance document can be accessed at www.itrcweb.org. ITRC offers a free corresponding Internet-based training course on contaminated sediment remediation as well.
Already for the third time the International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection took place at the origin of the River Elbe in Špindlerův Mlýn, Czeck Republic. The 16th edition of the traditional seminar, which was initiated in Magdeburg in 1988, focused on the state of the river Elbe and new challenges.
During the opening ceremony, the ICPER Sediment Management Conceptwas officially presented and made available to all participants by ICPER President Dr Helge Wendenburg. Due to the effort of an expert working group, this concept was released in time to have an impact on the second management cycle of the Water Framework Directive. It contains recommendations for a good sediment management practice within the Elbe riverbasin for achieving supra regional objectives. It is available for download at the ICPER website.
At the seminar more than 150 experts from the Czech and German part of the Elbe discussed about the state, quality and need for remediation of the Elbe. Meteorological extreme events have been a rising issue in recent years. Also results of several studies carried out under the scope of the ELSA project were highlighted, representing the work of the past years in which a solid basis for projects to follow was established. Examples are the optimization of the Mulde reservoir for keeping contaminated sediments from the Elbe, but also the remediation of parts of the Bilina tributary. Also further issues dealing with aquatic life and habitat as well as hydromorphology were part of the discussion.
The post program of the conference had three excursions to offer, one of them taking the participants to a very special place – the symbolic spring of the river Elbe within the giant mountains which was well-regarded by everybody.
Conference material, including presentations given, will be made available at www.ikse-mkol.org.
The next International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection was announced to be held in October 2016 in the city of Dresden, Germany. Main topics will be urban waters and its management.
It is well recognized that the scientific knowledge on coastal dynamics should contribute to coastal zone management. However, so far, generation of data on coastal processes has been conducted almost exclusively by the research community. Therefore, the data sets and results are made available in ways that suit that community, but frequently preclude direct application in coastal management. Moreover, managers have an empirical knowledge and detained a plethora of site-specific information about the coast that can be highly valuable for researchers, which is often overlooked by the research community. In October 2013, the SedNet community was invited to participate in a survey that addressed this topic under the theme of Coastal Knowledge Transfer Between Researchers and Managers. Results now available from this study show that assuring that coastal research is a source of application-oriented knowledge is an ambition shared by researchers and managers. Also, although the standard communication process is usually linear and takes place in a one-way route, since coastal managers can also be relevant knowledge generators, knowledge transfer will strongly benefit from adopting a two-way route approach. Improving coastal knowledge transfer will imply an effort to overcome existing gaps in the communication process namely in fostering the existing mechanisms to improve knowledge transfer such as the use of coastal indicators, the existence of linkage agents, the development of managers oriented-tools, tools to support self-acquisition data, and further “get-together” mechanisms: meetings and seminars involving researchers and managers. A key finding was that the perception of coastal researchers and managers concerning gaps in knowledge transfer reflects an unexpected general agreement: this proximity can constitute a major opportunity in bridging these communities together and in the implementation of a two-way route communication approach, thus increasing and improving the role of managers in the coastal knowledge transfer processes.
Source: Carapuço, MM., Taborda, R., Andrade, C., Freitas, MC. 2014. Improving coastal knowledge transfer between researchers and managers: a two-way route. In: Cessa, M. (ed). Beaches: Erosion, Management Practices and Environmental Implications. ISBN 978-1-63117-239-7.
International RiverFoundation has awarded the 2014 Thiess International Riverprize to the River Rhine.
Mr Gustaaf Borchardt, President of the ICPR, said “we are most pleased to have been awarded the Thiess International Riverprize in the name of all those cooperating in the ICPR. This prize is an incentive to start working on future challenges, such as the effects of climate change, micro-pollutants and the further improvement of fish migration in the Rhine catchment.”
The River Rhine was awarded the IRF European Riverprize in 2013, and therefore automatically qualified as a finalist in the Thiess International Riverprize this year. The Rhine trumped the Glenelg River (Australia), the San Antonio River (USA) and the Petitcodiac River (Canada) to take home the top award.
The restoration of the Rhine has taken the best part of a century, and involved extensive transboundary river management and cooperation. Now, almost all of the 58 million inhabitants of the Rhine catchment are connected to urban wastewater treatment plants, water quality has improved considerably and inventories show that fish species composition in the Rhine is almost back to what is was before the chemical spill.
Mr Borchardt and Dr Anne Schulte-Wülwer-Leidig, Deputy Head of Secretariat at the ICPR, were spending the week in Canberra at the 17th International Riversymposium, where they have presented a case study on the River Rhine to an audience of over 400 river experts from 28 countries around the world. The ICPR have also commenced knowledge exchange activities as part of their 2013 European Riverprize win.
The International RiverFoundation awards the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize annually, giving recognition, reward and support to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management.
The dredged material seminar which took place in Rostock, Germany, 24 to 25 September 2014, was again a great success. In the year 2000 the first Rostock dredging seminar was organised and it is still the only nationwide periodic event on dredging and dredged material management. This conference is an established event and is organized by the Steinbeis Transfer Centre of Applied Landscape Planning under the auspices of the technical committee on dredged material of the HTG (German Port Technology Association) and the University of Rostock. The conference addresses scientists, authorities and industries and brings together the different scientific fields to develop the German dredged material management efficiently and sustainably.
The lectures cover the most recent research and development in the field of dredging in Germany, however, brainstorming and discussion of the different aspects of the dredged material management are equally important aims of the seminar. We understand the Rostock seminar as an innovative platform to establish contacts and to bring new ideas up to a level where they will actually be brought into action.
This year over 100 participants mostly from Germany were informed about the Dutch legislative framework for (re)use of dredged material. In the key note presentation Mr. Molenaar (senior advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment / Rijkswaterstaat) pointed out a change in the policy and legislation for reuse of dredged material in the Netherlands. Another main topic was the application of dredged material in dike construction with lectures from Hamburg, informing about a long-term field test in the Hamburg harbour, and from Rostock, with the latest news from the EU project DredgDikes (www.dredgdikes.eu). Also, aspects of remediation/restoration of fresh waters and the application of ripened dredged materials in agriculture were presented.
The 9th Rostock dredged material seminar will be hold prospective at 27 to 28 September 2016. As yet the idea is to discuss sustainable dredging and reuse together with the environmental authorities during the next event. Stakeholders from Denmark could give an insight view in their dredged material handling and nature conservation. The second prospective aspect is to show how divergent topics –e.g. the need for onshore deposition in dewatering fields and the creation of habitats for wading birds– can be joined. Finally, there shall be presentations showing what is going on in science regarding the potential of contaminant release from dredged materials.
14-15 October 2014: SETAC Europe Special Science Symposium (SESSS) on the Bioavailability of organic chemicals: linking science to risk assessment and regulation.
20-21 October 2014: Final SCARCE International Conference: River Conservation under Water Scarcity: Integration of water quantity and quality in Iberian Rivers under global change, to be held in Tarragona, Spain. All information and online inscription can be found at the SCARCE website:www.scarceconsolider.es
27-29 October 2014: 6th European River Restoration Conference in Vienna, Austria.
12-15 November 2014: 12th International “EUROPE-INBO 2014” Conference
11-14 December 2014: IAHS/ICCE 2014 international symposium – Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea, New Orleans, USA.
12-15 January 2015: Battelle 8th International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana USA.
22-27 February 2015: ASLO – Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granda, Spain. Special Session (SS114) on Multiple stressors in river ecosystems: challenges for conservation and management.
8-13 March 2015: ContaSed – International scientific conference on Contaminated Sediments: Environmental Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Engineering, Switzerland.
3-7 May 2015: SETAC Europe 25th Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Miscellaneous scientific themes for which abstracts can be submitted before 26 November 2014 via www.barcelona.setac.org
4-5 June 2015: Marine sand and gravel – finding common ground; EMSAGG 2015 Conference in Delft, the Netherlands
9-12 June 2015: 13th International AquaConSoil Conference on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources, Copenhagen, Denmark
22-26 June 2015: IS.RIVERS – International conference Integrative Sciences and sustainable development of rivers – ZABR – Lyon, FRANCE, organised by GRAIE and ZABR
6-9 September 2015: ECSA 55 – Unbounded boundaries and shifting baselines: Estuaries and coastal sees in a rapidly changing world, London, UK
7-11 September 2015: PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Conference Topics are: information services and technology for inland waterway transport, international and transboundary collaboration in inland waterway transport and river management, integration of inland waterway transport in the inter modal supply chain, inland waterway transport and the environment (including climate change), inland ports and waterways, hydraulic structures, multi purpose use of river systems (e.g. transport, energy, etc.), operational management & maintenance of waterways, case studies of big fluvial navigation systems, inland recreational navigation and waterfront areas
23-26 September 2015: 9th International SedNet Conference: Solving societal challenges: working with sediments, Kraków, Poland.
Preliminary dates 2016
27-28 September 2016: the 9th Rostock dredged material seminar will be hold prospectively on 27 to 28 September 2016, Rostock, Germany. Documents about the previous seminar can be found at
October 2016: International Magdeburger Seminar on River Protection, to be held in in the city of Dresden, Germany. Main topics will be urban waters and its management.