The river restoration literature is rich with approaches, ideas, criticisms
and strategic considerations. This literature primarily reflects the
perspectives of restoration scientists. Occasionally, generalizations
are made about problems in river restoration from the perspective
of practitioners, policy-makers, stakeholders and managers. However,
these generalizations have little objective basis other than individual
experience. Further, it appears much of the information disseminated
in the river restoration literature never finds its way into practice.
Whether this is because the information is inappropriate, unrealistic,
ineffective, inaccessible or some combination thereof is unclear.
In order to document the current perspectives of the wider river restoration
community and gain some insight into the above problems, a web-based
survey was launched internationally via popular restoration web sites
and related list-serves. This is research I undertook as part of my
literature review for my PhD research into Uncertainties in River
If you are interested in taking the survey or viewing the results,
visit the survey
Due to a change of IT staff at Southampton University, the IRRS is not currently available.
I would like to re-launch this survey at some point in the next five
years, but this time link in better with other efforts (e.g. NRRS),
build-in improved dynamic questioning (allowing groups and users to
submit their own questions for consideration), build a more elaborate
results query engines for users, and better promote it. If anyone is
interested, contact me
- Wheaton, Darby, S.E.,
Sear, D.A. and J.M., Milne, J.A., 2006. Does
scientific conjecture accurately describe restoration practice?
Insight from an International River Restoration Survey. Area.
- Wheaton, J.M., Sear, D.A., Darby, S.E. and Milne, J.A., 2004.
The International River Restoration Survey. Internet URL: http://www2.geog.soton.ac.uk/users/WheatonJ/RestorationSurvey_Cover.asp.
- Wheaton, J.M., Sear, D.A. and Darby, S.E., 2004. Preliminary
Results of an International River Restoration Survey, River
Restoration Centre Annual Network Conference, Durham, UK, Poster.