Policy Brief 2: Riparian Forest can help mitigate climate warming effects in lowland temperate streams

SciPol2Stream 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.
Link http://www.refresh.ucl.ac.uk/webfm_send/2241