Assessing Statistical models of Temporary River Intermittence for Decision makers (ASTRID)

Why study temporary rivers?

Temporary (intermittent or ephemeral) rivers are ecologically important and under pressure but not well understood or protected.

They are hydrologically dynamic and ecologically diverse because they provide a range of habitats as they transition between terrestrial and aquatic states. However, despite being under pressure both from local artificial influences and climate change, they are widely under-represented in monitoring networks, mapping, river characterisation, protective legislation and drought and water resource assessment tools.

Project overview:

ASTRID will identify useful metrics and develop models to provide a national picture of hydrological intermittence in the UK.

Using statistical modelling, the ASTRID project team at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) aims to improve the understanding of temporary rivers, and of their distribution and characteristics.

ASTRID will assist stakeholders in the development of monitoring and assessment strategies for temporary rivers by engaging regulatory decision-makers to identify useful metrics, promote resource-efficient monitoring, discuss mapping results and seek views on the next steps for appropriate drought and water resource assessment.

Co-Investigator Cath Sefton introduces the project in this short video
Project website:
Link to the project page on the UKRI Gateway to Research