Learning from past projects: paper published on a new monitoring approach for improving natural infrastructure

As part of the Network for Engineering With Nature, and in collaboration with a team of researchers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering With Nature Initiative, IRIS affiliates Dr. Charles Van Rees, Laura Naslund, Dr. Brock Woodson, Dr. Amy Rosemond and Dr. Seth Wenger published a new paper “A strategic monitoring approach for learning to improve natural infrastructure,” in Science of the Total Environment.

This paper gets at the important role that long term monitoring plays in helping us to improve designs for natural infrastructure projects, and ensure that they’re functioning as they should.

“Monitoring natural infrastructure is challenging because it crosses disciplinary divides and requires a long-term perspective, because natural infrastructure changes over time,” said lead author Charles Van Rees of the paper. “Additionally, we’re still in the “wild west” phase of natural infrastructure implementation. Any project is an opportunity to learn, so approaching monitoring from a scientific ‘What can be learned from this?’ perspective reaps huge benefits for the future. We wrote this paper to address both of those needs.”

Check out the full article here.