Invitation and Background
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I take great pleasure in inviting you to the 13th International Symposium on River Sedimentation (ISRS 2016), which will be held from September 19 to 22, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. Held triennially since 1980 under the auspices of the International Research & Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES), the symposium series provides an important forum for scientists, engineers and policy-makers to share information, exchange ideas and collaborate in the field of erosion and sedimentation processes.
Sediment dynamics in fluvial systems is of high ecological, economic and human-health-related significance worldwide. Appropriate management strategies are needed to limit maintenance costs as well as minimise potential hazards to the aquatic and adjacent environments. Human intervention, ranging from nutrient / pollutant release to physical modifications, has a large impact on sediment quantity and quality and thus on river morphology as well as ecological functioning. Truly understanding sediment dynamics requires multidisciplinary approaches. But how do we transfer new insights on complex interactions in fine sediments into sustainable management strategies? Can we win new partners by integrating biota? Can we do more with less?
Hoping to see you in Stuttgart!
(Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee)