New global information system to map the extent and fragmentation of free-flowing rivers

Posted by aclimaadmin | November 14, 2019 | Sector News

Free-flowing rivers (FFRs) support a complex, dynamic and diverse range of global ecosystems, and provide important economic and societal services.

However, infrastructure built to use these services — most notably 2.8 million dams worldwide — has caused many rivers to become fragmented and disconnected, affecting river biodiversity and ecosystem services. This study constructed a global information system with which to map the fine-scale dynamics and fragmentation of FFRs and to determine how human pressures affect the world’s river systems…read more

Fuente: ec.europa.eu

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