Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Research article
12 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 12 Apr 2017

Hydromorphological restoration stimulates river ecosystem metabolism

Benjamin Kupilas, Daniel Hering, Armin W. Lorenz, Christoph Knuth, and Björn Gücker


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AR by Daniel Hering on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 Mar 2017) by Tom J. Battin
Short summary
Modern ecosystem restoration should consider a wide range of environmental characteristics, including functional ones, such as rates and patterns of ecosystem metabolism. We show that hydromorphological river restoration enhanced habitat availability and abundance of macrophytes, promoting river primary productivity and respiration. Incorporating ecosystem functioning into monitoring programs enables a more holistic assessment of river health and a better understanding of restoration effects.
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