SMIRES training school in the Swiss Alps

In September 2019, the the EU COST Action SMIRES (Science and Management of Intermittent Rivers & Ephemeral Streams) organised a training school “Ecohydrology of intermittent rivers: from theory to practice” in Val Roseg valley in the Swiss Alps. During this intense week, students from all over Europe and Northern Africa were trained in methods of stream assessment by expert scientists. Methods ranged from hydrological assessments and sampling of aquatic macroinvertebrates to statistical data analysis. While having a lecture in the morning, the theoretical information was applied to the wonderful landscape of Val Roseg. As part of the training school, Abdelghani Aabid and Nils Kaczmarek were able to learn new scientific methods aswell as receive an excellent introduction into the field of intermittent river research, which can be transferred to the Drâa River Basin.