Environmental Flows

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Environmental Flowsdescribes the timing, quality, and quantity of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human well-being and livelihoods that depend upon them. It answers crucial questions about the flow of water within and between different kinds of ecosystems. What happens when the flow or the availability of water is curtailed or diverted, either naturally or by human activity? How will climate change alter the availability of water and impact aquatic ecosystems? Methodological developments from the simplest hydrological formulas to large-scale frameworks that inform water management make this book a must-read for water managers and freshwater and estuarine ecologists contending with ever-changing conditions influencing the flow of water.

Author Biography

Angela H. Arthington is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Science at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is a senior Research Member of the Australian Rivers Institute and advisor to state and Commonwealth governments on environmental water management.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
River Values and Threatsp. 1
Global Hydrology, Climate, and River Flow Regimesp. 13
Catchments, Drainage Networks, and Resource Regimesp. 35
River Ecology, the Natural Flow Regime Paradigm, and Hydroecological Principlesp. 49
Effects of Catchment Change and River-Corridor Engineeringp. 75
History of Water Control and Dam Impactsp. 87
Effects of Dams on Sediment, Thermal, and Chemical Regimesp. 99
Effects of Dams on Habitat and Aquatic Biodiversityp. 113
Introduction to Environmental Flow Methodsp. 125
Hydraulic Rating and Habitat Simulation Methodsp. 139
Flow Protection Methodsp. 149
Flow Restoration Methodsp. 165
Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA)p. 181
Environmental Flow Relationships, Models, and Applicationsp. 199
Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems and Threatsp. 213
Sustaining Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystemsp. 229
Wetlands, Threats, and Water Requirementsp. 243
Estuaries, Threats, and Flow Requirementsp. 259
Setting Limits to Hydrologic Alterationp. 273
Implementing and Monitoring Environmental Flowsp. 287
Legislation and Policyp. 299
Adapting to Climate Changep. 311
Appendix: The Brisbane Declaration (2007)p. 323
Literature Citedp. 329
Indexp. 383
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