Implementing the Water Framework Directive to temporary rivers

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Welcome to TRivers!

LIFE TRivers studies the hydrology and ecology of temporary rivers and aims at creating new tools to improve their management according to the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The project will contribute to the conservation and restoration of one of the most common river typologies in the Mediterranean Basin, which contains most of Europe´s threatened freshwater biodiversity.

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Temporary rivers are one of the most common types of freshwater ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin. Picture: N. Prat.

Temporary rivers contain highly diverse biological communities adapted to harsh hydrological conditions. Picture: N.Bonada.

Water abstraction is one of the major impacts on temporary rivers in the Mediterranean region. Picture: N. Cid.

Job offer for a Part-time Technical assistant at the TRivers project

Illustrator EU TRIVERS Web

F.E.M. (Freshwater Ecology and Management) research group seeks a Part-time Technical assistant for his immediate incorporation to the project TRIVERS (LIFE13 ENVES000341) from February 2017.

Job functions:
His/her functions will be the following ones:
Assistance in the design and implementation of a mobile App for temporary rivers, and its use in the participatory processes under TRIVERS project actions.

Both scientific and administrative summaries of the project can be found at the web of the project.

Candidate profile:
• Experience in ecology of temporary rivers.
• Experience in science dissemination to the general public, and in the development of mobile Apps and citizen science.
• Knowledge of macroinvertebrates, at the identification level required.
• A master degree.
• Driver's license.
In the selection process, the following aspects will be also considered:
• Mastery of computer and statistical software tools for completing data bases.
• Knowledge of several languages, especially English for international dissemination and Catalan and Spanish for communication with groups of citizens during the participatory process.

It offers:
6 month partial time (20 hours/week) contract renewable up to 1 year, in a first phase based on the objectives achieved.
The salary will be 17000 € gross/year.
Immediate incorporation at February 2017.
Work place: Departament de Biologia Evolutiva, Ecologia i Ciències Ambientals, Secció Ecologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal, 643, 08028 -Barcelona.

Submission of applications:
A CV has to be sent to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to the attention of Dr. Nuria Cid , indicating ' Trivers Technical Assitant 2017 '.

Third stakeholder meeting of the TRivers project

Illustrator EU TRIVERS Web

The LIFE + TRivers project aims to create new tools to improve the management of temporary rivers based on the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The third stakeholders meeting of TRivers will be held in Zaragoza from January 25 to 26 and is addressed to stakeholders and experts involved in temporary river management. Previous meetings were held in Valencia and Murcia in 2015 and 2016.

The main aim of the meeting is for participants to use the latest version of TREHS (Temporary Rivers' Ecological and Hydrological Status) software and to solve doubts about the software. TREHS enables to know the evolution of river hydrological characteristics over time, and thus determine the probability that a river was dry in a determined period. The programme uses observed data, predictive models and, as an alternative, surveys conducted among local population or aerial photographs. Moreover, it contributes to determine if water abstraction is due to natural changes or human intervention. This issue will be addressed during the workshop on 26.

On January 25 there is a field trip to temporary rivers of the Ebro basin to know at first hand these ecosystems and analyze the problem of assessing their ecological and hydrological state. The practical part of the meeting will be held on 26, focusing on the use of TREHS software to analyze the hydrological status of different rivers in the Ebro Basin as case studies.

You can register at or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the programme (in Spanish)