RiuNet is an interactive educational tool that guides any citizen in the assessment of the hydrological and ecological status of Mediterranean Rivers. At the same time, it is a Citizen science project since it provides scientific data to the researchers of the Freshwater Ecology, Hydrology and Management Research Group (FEHMlab) of the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona.
What will you achieve by participating?
1. You will learn how rivers work and about the organisms that live in them.
2. You will assess the quality of your river, and measuring its hydrological and ecological status.
3. You will provide data to both researchers and stakeholders, helping to improve management and conservation of the river.
4. Above all, you will have fun doing it!
RiuNet is a citizen science project that aims to bring citizens closer to rivers and involve them in the evaluation of their hydrological and ecological status. And, in addition, it promotes citizen participation in environmental management of rivers.
The RiuNet app guides the user in the application of an environmental diagnosis protocol to determine the state of health of a river, based on different indicators of hydrological, hydromorphological and biological quality. In this way, with the help of citizens, RiuNet will increase the available hydrological and ecological information of Mediterranean rivers. Meanwhile, citizens can learn what rivers are like, what organisms live there, or what problems are caused by humans.