Deliverable 7.20

Abstract:“Science Policy Brief 2- Riparian Forest can help mitigating climate warming effects in lowland temperate streams”

Stream water temperature is predicted to increase with climate change, and will affect stream biotic assemblages and ecosystem functioning, threatening the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and Biodiversity Strategy 2020. Results from the REFRESH project conducted in five lowland temperate streams show that the presence of riparian forest has a cooling effect ranging from 1°C to 3 °C, depending on the reach length and canopy cover. River restoration by planting riparian trees, combined with open reaches allowing the presence of aquatic plants, can be a useful adaptation measure to combat the negative effects of future warmer temperatures on freshwater life.

Science- Policy Brief 2 is one of a series of policy oriented documents based on the REFRESH output from WP1-6. This deliverable aims at translating the scientific results from REFRESH streams experiments, highlighting the implications for the EU Water Framework Directive.


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