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Richard Noble

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The European Fish Hazard Index – An assessment tool for screening hazard of hydropower plants for fish (2020)
Journal Article
van Treeck, R., Radinger, J., Noble, R. A., Geiger, F., & Wolter, C. (2021). The European Fish Hazard Index – An assessment tool for screening hazard of hydropower plants for fish. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments an international journal, 43, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2020.100903

Hydroelectricity is critical for decarbonizing global energy production, but hydropower plants affect rivers, disrupt their continuity, and threaten migrating fishes. This puts hydroelectricity production in conflict with efforts to protect threatene... Read More about The European Fish Hazard Index – An assessment tool for screening hazard of hydropower plants for fish.

The Response of River-Resident Fish to Reservoir Freshet Releases of Varying Profiles Intended to Facilitate a Spawning Migration (2020)
Journal Article
Baker, N. J., Taylor, M. J., Harvey, J. P., Angelopoulos, N. V., Smith, M. A., Noble, R. A., …Bolland, J. (2020). The Response of River-Resident Fish to Reservoir Freshet Releases of Varying Profiles Intended to Facilitate a Spawning Migration. Water Resources Research, 56(6), https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR024196

Natural hydrological regimes encompass varying seasonal flow characteristics that provide fish with cues and opportunities for upstream spawning migrations, but these flows are often modified/absent in regulated rivers. Compensatory artificial flows... Read More about The Response of River-Resident Fish to Reservoir Freshet Releases of Varying Profiles Intended to Facilitate a Spawning Migration.

Upstream passage of adult sea trout (Salmo trutta) at a low-head weir with an Archimedean screw hydropower turbine and co-located fish pass (2018)
Journal Article
Dodd, J. R., Bolland, J. D., Hateley, J., Cowx, I. G., Walton, S. E., Cattaneo, M. E. G. V., & Noble, R. A. A. (2018). Upstream passage of adult sea trout (Salmo trutta) at a low-head weir with an Archimedean screw hydropower turbine and co-located fish pass. Marine and Freshwater Research, 69(12), 1822-1833. https://doi.org/10.1071/MF18125

© 2018 CSIRO. The exploitation of riverine systems for renewable energy has resulted in large numbers of small-scale hydropower schemes on low-head weirs. Although considered a clean and 'green' energy source in terms of emissions, hydropower can aff... Read More about Upstream passage of adult sea trout (Salmo trutta) at a low-head weir with an Archimedean screw hydropower turbine and co-located fish pass.

Overcoming the dichotomy of implementing societal flood risk management while conserving instream fish habitat – A long-term study from a highly modified urban river (2018)
Journal Article
Angelopoulos, N. V., Harvey, J. P., Bolland, J. D., Nunn, A. D., Noble, R. A., Smith, M. A., …Cowx, I. G. (2018). Overcoming the dichotomy of implementing societal flood risk management while conserving instream fish habitat – A long-term study from a highly modified urban river. Journal of environmental management, 224, 69-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.030

Flood Risk Management (FRM) is often essential to reduce the risk of flooding to properties and infrastructure in urban landscapes, but typically degrades the habitats required by many aquatic animals for foraging, refuge and reproduction. This confl... Read More about Overcoming the dichotomy of implementing societal flood risk management while conserving instream fish habitat – A long-term study from a highly modified urban river.

Demography of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) ammocoete populations in relation to potential spawning-migration obstructions (2017)
Journal Article
Nunn, A. D., Taylor, R. J., Cowx, I. G., Noble, R. A. A., Bolland, J. D., & Harvey, J. P. (2017). Demography of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) ammocoete populations in relation to potential spawning-migration obstructions. Aquatic conservation : marine and freshwater ecosystems, 27(4), 764-772. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2748

Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Recent advances in the understanding of lamprey migrations have led to concerns over the impacts of obstructions on the demography of many species. This study investigated sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) la... Read More about Demography of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) ammocoete populations in relation to potential spawning-migration obstructions.

Towards a holistic indicator of flow disturbance impact: fish community size spectra (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Alonso Gonzalez, C., Herranz, J., Solana Gutierrez, J., Garcia De Jalon Lastra, D., & Noble, R. (2016). Towards a holistic indicator of flow disturbance impact: fish community size spectra. In Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics. Melbourne, Australia, 7-12 February 2016

Fish size-spectra provide a simple synthetic metric to assess the effects of pressures on the overall function of river ecosystems. An exploration of the effects of hydrological pressures on this metric is addressed in order to test its sensitiveness... Read More about Towards a holistic indicator of flow disturbance impact: fish community size spectra.

DynaLearn - An intelligent learning environment for learning conceptual knowledge (2013)
Journal Article
Bredeweg, B., Liem, J., Beek, W., Linnebank, F., Gracia, J., Lozano, E., …Mioduser, D. (2013). DynaLearn - An intelligent learning environment for learning conceptual knowledge. AI Magazine, 34(4), 46-65. https://doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v34i4.2489

Articulating thought in computerbased media is a powerful means for humans to develop their understanding of phenomena. We have created DynaLearn, an intelligent learning environment that allows learners to acquire conceptual knowledge by constructin... Read More about DynaLearn - An intelligent learning environment for learning conceptual knowledge.

Problem-based learning supported by semantic techniques (2012)
Journal Article
Lozano, E., Gracia, J., Corcho, O., Noble, R. A., & Gómez-Pérez, A. (2015). Problem-based learning supported by semantic techniques. Interactive Learning Environments, 23(1), 37-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820.2012.745431

Problem-based learning has been applied over the last three decades to a diverse range of learning environments. In this educational approach, different problems are posed to the learners so that they can develop different solutions while learning ab... Read More about Problem-based learning supported by semantic techniques.

Flow requirements of non-salmonids (2012)
Journal Article
Cowx, I. G., Noble, R. A., Nunn, A. D., Bolland, J., Walton, S., Peirson, G., & Harvey, J. P. (2012). Flow requirements of non-salmonids. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 19(6), 548-556. https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12017

Research into the relationships between non-salmonid fish population dynamics and discharge is in its infancy compared with salmonids, thus compromising the ability to manage flows in rivers and maintain ecological status. This study reviews the pote... Read More about Flow requirements of non-salmonids.

Monitoring sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus ammocoetes in SAC rivers: A case study on the River Wye (2009)
Book Chapter
Taylor, R. J., Noble, R. A., Nunn, A. D., Harvey, J. P., & Cowx, I. G. (2010). Monitoring sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus ammocoetes in SAC rivers: A case study on the River Wye. Conservation Monitoring in Freshwater Habitats A Practical Guide and Case Studies (193-206). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9278-7_19

The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus L.) is a designated feature of the River Wye and the Severn Estuary Special Areas of Conservation (SAC). This study assessed the conservation status of sea lamprey in the Welsh reaches of the Wye catchment. Sea lam... Read More about Monitoring sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus ammocoetes in SAC rivers: A case study on the River Wye.