Research Agenda Briefing: Pathways to holistic landscape management

Research agenda briefing: “Pathways to holistic landscape management”

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CONNECTIVITY in Vienna and Barcelona

Dear CONNECTEUR members,

I would like to draw your attention to sessions on connectivity in two international conferences.

The first one will be in end of January-beginning Februari in Barcelona in the new conference TERRAenVISION:

please check the website:

In the section you can find a session on connectivity. The session will comprise of all connectivity aspects, but has a focus on the overarching mission of the conference: Science for Society: Scientific solutions for societal issues.

The second session is at the EGU like we have had over the last couple of years. please check the website for that too:

I hope to see you at either one of the conferences!

if you have any questions related to the sessions, please let me know:

All the best

Saskia Keesstra

Training School Valencia

Training School, Valencia 26 September – 1 October 2017

Field measurements, techniques and methods to assess water and sediment connectivity
Read further below how to register and receive a 500 euro grant!

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Joint Thinktank Report WG1, WG2, WG4

Three Working Groups have had a joint thinktank in the weekend preceeding the EGU general Assembly in Vienna. You can find the report here.

Additional STSM funds available! Deadline for proposals 31 January 23:59

There are some extra funds for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) available because of under-spending at the meetings at the beginning of the year.

We have, therefore opened another call for STSM proposals to be submitted before January 31.

Please note that the STSM report needs to be handed in before Apil 15, so the stay needs to have ended before that!

You can submit your STSM proposals before 31 January 23:59. 

If you have any questions, please check out the following links:

General Information

How to Apply

STSM opportunities at European Institutes

If you still have questions after reading those pages please email Tony Parsons ( or Rens Masselink (

WG3 Modelling Exercise

Working Group 3 is conducting a modelling exercise to analyse connectivity using models. Our objectives are to determine if, and how:

  1. model ensembles can be used to understand the impact of landscape scenarios on connectivity
  2. simulated connectivity is linked with model structure

The exercise will be conducted in a virtual watershed, loosely based on the Giser experimental watershed (BE). Models will be applied with several field configurations and linear features, and their simulations of water and sediment connectivity will be compared and related with model structure. A full description of the exercise is here: Model comparison exercise design (18-04-2017). Workflow:

  • Preparation of input data: finished
  • Baseline: model comparison using reference run: finished
  • Initial field test A: test run for preliminary scenario: ongoing (to be finished by the end of May 2017)
  • Other tests: ongoing (to be finished by the end of June 2017)


  • Model input parameters: Model input data-3 (12-12-2016)
  • DEM (1 meter, cut): dem (13-12-2016)
  • Connectivity features maps (including explanatory PPT): Other_maps (01-03-2017)

Exercise models:

  • EROSION3D: Marcus Schindewolf (TU Freiberg, DE)
  • FULLSWOF: Frédéric Darboux (INRA, FR)
  • LANDSOIL: Vincent Cantreul and Aurore Degre (U Liège, BE)
  • LISEM: Jantiene Baartman (Wageningen UR, NL)
  • MAHLERAN: Laura Turnbull and John Wainwright (Durham U, UK)
  • MCST: Peter Fiener and Florian Wilken (Augsburg U, DE)
  • SMODERP: Petr Kavka (Czech TU, CZ)
  • WATERSED: Olivier Cerdan and Thomas Grangeon (BRGM, FR)
  • Data preparation: Charles Bielders (UC Louvain, BE)
  • Data analysis: Rens Masselink (Wageningen UR, NL)
  • Organisation: João Pedro Nunes (U Lisbon, PT)

You’re welcome to join this list! Please email John Wainwright or João Pedro Nunes.

WG 2 Update

At the end of grant year 2 the second thinktank meeting of WG2 was held in Vienna, prior to the EGU. The meeting had 16 participants. The participants represented five different countries, including Australia and the United States of America.

In the documents below the main outcomes of the thinktank are discussed and one presentation by the keynote speaker Joe Wheaton.

Meeting report

Presentation slides J. Wheaton (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3402.0729)



CONNECTEUR Training School

Within the framework of the COST action CONNECTEUR, we conducted a training school in July 2016 that was targeted mainly at young researchers in different stages of their PhD. It took place in Lasa, Val Venosta, Italy.
Read more: COST_TrainingSchool_Report

Second WG4 ThinkTank in Tallinn

From March 9th-10th, WG4 conducted a “think tank meeting” hosted by the University of Tallinn, Estonia. The second meeting of this group of 9 participants from 5 countries (Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) had three main items on the agenda. Read more…:COST_ThinkTankWG4_Tallinn_Report

Newsletter #1: Durham meeting, STSM update and Website updates

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