Webinar on Methods for Ecohydraulics: Remote Sensing




Habitat modelling has become a necessary tool in evaluating the status of riverine environs and to support the development of strategies and plans for improving the riverine ecological status, ecological benefits and reducing the anthropogenic effects. Despite the rapid growth of numerical models both hydraulics (hydraulic and morphological models) and biological (e.g., bio-energetic and individual based models) modeling, their application is hindered by a lack of supporting data at spatial scales larger than a single reach (10-20 channel width) or at temporal scale beyond steady state or single event and data necessary for model performance evaluation.

Recent advances especially in remote sensing may help to address this data needs. These advances may include but not limited to technique using satellite and airborne devices (e.g., topobathymetric surveys, discharge, water surface elevation, water temperature and surface velocity, organisms’ distribution including vegetation, fish and macro-invertebrate) and or telemetry.

Thus, the Institute of Geophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the IAHR Committee on Ecohydraulics, the IAHR Poland Young Professional Network and EcoENet, organizes a synthesis workshop focused on new tools, methods, equipment and methodologies, for monitoring riverine habitats with the aim to share knowledge and address such data survey needs. The webinar will be held on April 27-29, 2022.

Through keynote lectures and technical sessions, the synthesis workshop aims to provide the audience with examples of novel and innovative tools for monitoring the physical and biological characteristics of fluvial systems from reach to river segment scales. Daily roundtable discussion event will further discuss such themes, to foster transdisciplinary collaborations.

We encourage contributions that describe novel and innovative remote sensing techniques to monitor riverine biotic and abiotic quantities. The contributions should focus on methods rather than on specific scientific findings.

Contributions, which will be reviewed by the International Scientific Committee, should be in a (max) 2-page long abstract format, including figures and references. The proceedings will be published in the Publications of the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for a Special Issue on the Journal of Ecohydraulics. All the contributions will undergo the normal submission process, as per the Journal guidelines.

Congress Themes

  • Earth’s surface
    • Topo-bathymetry
    • Terrestrial and aquatic alluvium
    • Large bed elements and bedrock features
    • Change detection
    • Natural and anthropogenic radioactivity
  • Hydraulics
    • Discharge
    • Water surface elevation
    • Surface velocity pattern
    • Water temperature
    • Turbidity & suspended sediment
  • Flora
    • Riparian vegetation
    • Aquatic vegetation
    • Algae blooms
    • Streamwood
  • Fauna
    • Habitat
    • Macrozoobenthos
    • Organism movement & behaviour
  • Management
    • Aquatic assessment
    • Restoration and nature-based solutions
    • Hydropower and hydropeaking
    • Environmental flows
    • Sediment continuity


Key dates

  • 1 January 2021: Call for abstracts opens 
  • 15 February 2022: Call for abstracts closes
  • 1 March 2022: Notification of acceptance
  • 31 March 2022: Final abstract submission
  • 27-29 April 2022: Webinar



Call for abstracts and guidelines

The extended abstract must be submitted by February 15, 2022, through the online submission form using the Word template.

The extended abstract must be 2 pages maximum and a count of 850-1000 words (including a short abstract of 150 words and a maximum of 5 keywords).

All extended abstracts must be submitted in English. Please note that proofreading English text is compulsory, and that the use of native English reviewers is highly recommended.


Organizing Committee

  • Michael Nones, Institute of Geophysics PAS, Poland
  • Daniele Tonina, University of Idaho, Centre for Ecohydraulics Research, USA - IAHR Ecohydraulics LT
  • Agata Keller, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland – YPN Poland
  • Roser Casat-Mulet, Technical University of Munich, Germany - IAHR Ecohydraulics LT


International Scientific Committee

  • Jochen Aberle, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Maria Nicolina Papa, Univeristy of Salerno, Italy
  • Markus Noack, Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Paolo Paron, IHE Delft, The Netherlands
  • Senlin Zhu, Yangzhou University, China
  • Stefan Haun, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Serhat Kukucali, Hacettepe University, Turkey


Advisory Board

  • Gregory Pasternack, University of California, USA
  • Michael Stewardson, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Shinji Fukuda, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan



Information on the registration will be provided at a later date.


More information

For any questions, please contact Michael Nones (mnones@igf.edu.pl).