The general principle is simple: we create a global network of interested stream ecologists, we all spend a few time and little expenses for a simple and exciting experiment. Pooled together, these individual experiments will generate a unique, compelling and timely dataset to address our objectives. Furthermore, it may trigger follow-up activities well beyond the present approach. In 3 words: united we stand.
The requirement of this project is to mobilize stream ecologists interested in IRES to work on multiple IRES: ideally, ~1 000, minimally > 100. A simple, cheap and time-efficient experiment carried out almost simultaneously and across a large number of IRES will provide a unique and outstanding dataset to explore. The rough quality of each single experiment, as well as the low amount of data individually generated will be largely compensated by the large number of IRES and the high consistency of the protocols used.
In the first year of the project, our aim is to create the network and conduct the first joint experiment focused on organic material accumulating over dry riverbeds.