Improving river hydromorphological assessment through better integration of riparian vegetation: Scientific evidence and guidelines

  • The riparian vegetation value informing river hydromorphological status is reviewed.
  • The WFD-compliant hydromorphological assessments often neglect riparian vegetation.
  • Multi-scale Indicators for characterizing riparian vegetation are presented.
  • Reference conditions may be addressed by naturalness and artificiality attributes.
  • A novel hydromorphological assessment including riparian vegetation is proposed.

This review has been published in Journal of Environmental Management and available here