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Towards 2048: the next 25 years of river studies

NCR Days Book of Abstracts 2023

Welcome to the 25th edition of the NCR Days, an annual gathering of river experts, researchers, and practitioners focused on river ecosystems. The theme of this year’s edition is “Towards 2048, the next
25 years of river studies”, for which we will also look into the past for lessons to be learnt there. This year’s meeting will take place in Nijmegen, one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Its strategic location in between the rivers Waal and Maas, which are connected via the Maas Waal kanaal, has made it a significant hub for river trade and commerce since Roman times. There is also a long tradition in riverine studies from the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences ranging from riverine ecology and toxicology to water governance.

This year we decided to organize keynote lectures as pairs of speakers, each providing complementary perspectives on a given topic. Ad Ragas and Gerard Stroomberg will both offer a perspective on water
quality and changes therein, both from a more toxicological standpoint and from a societal standpoint focusing on the purification needed for riverine water to become drinkable. Astrid Blom and Rick Delbressine will talk about causes and consequences of channel bed erosion and how such knowledge is relevant for the replacement of weirs and other structures in rivers. Esther Stouthamer and Rob
Lenders will take a long-term paleogeographic and paleoecological perspective on how rivers have changed through the millennia. Finally, Bregje van Wesenbeeck and Ralph Schielen will both reflect on
Nature Based Solutions and how to apply them in river management.

We very much hope you will enjoy this 2023 edition of the NCR Days and share your knowledge and experience on how to contribute to solutions for river conservation and integrated river management.
We thank the NCR Programme Secretary Koen Berends for his support and advice in this effort. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge NWO Science for offering financial support for the event. Happy reading,

the LOC
Frank Collas, Gertjan Geerling & Wilco Verberk.

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Verberk, Wilco C.E.P., Collas, Frank P.L., Geerling, Getjan W., Peterstorf, Marie-Charlott (eds.)



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