Potential impacts of climate change on flow regime and fish habitat in mountain rivers of the south-western Balkans

Papadaki, Christina and Soulis, Konstantinos X. and Muñoz-Mas, Rafael and Martínez Capel, Francisco and Zogaris, Stamatis and Ntoanidis, Lazaros and Dimitriou, Elias (2015). Potential impacts of climate change on flow regime and fish habitat in mountain rivers of the south-western Balkans. "Science of The Total Environment", v. 540 ; pp. 418-428. ISSN 0048-9697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.134.

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Title: Potential impacts of climate change on flow regime and fish habitat in mountain rivers of the south-western Balkans
Author/s:
  • Papadaki, Christina
  • Soulis, Konstantinos X.
  • Muñoz-Mas, Rafael
  • Martínez Capel, Francisco
  • Zogaris, Stamatis
  • Ntoanidis, Lazaros
  • Dimitriou, Elias
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Science of The Total Environment
Date: 2015
ISSN: 0048-9697
Volume: 540
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Habitat series analysis; Hydrological alteration; Physical habitat simulation; West Balkan trout
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The climate change in the Mediterranean area is expected to have significant impacts on the aquatic ecosystems and particular in the mountain rivers and streams that often host important species such as the Salmo farioides, Karaman 1938. These impacts will most possibly affect the habitat availability for various aquatic species resulting to an essential alteration of the water requirements, either for dams or other water abstractions, in order to maintain the essential levels of ecological flow for the rivers. The main scope of this study was to assess potential climate change impacts on the hydrological patterns and typical biota for a south-western Balkan mountain river, the Acheloos. The altered flow regimes under different emission scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were estimated using a hydrological model and based on regional climate simulations over the study area. The Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration (IHA) methodology was then used to assess the potential streamflow alterations in the studied river due to predicted climate change conditions. A fish habitat simulation method integrating univariate habitat suitability curves and hydraulic modeling techniques were used to assess the impacts on the relationships between the aquatic biota and hydrological status utilizing a sentinel species, the West Balkan trout. The most prominent effects of the climate change scenarios depict severe flow reductions that are likely to occur especially during the summer flows, changing the duration and depressing the magnitude of the natural low flow conditions. Weighted Usable Area-flow curves indicated the limitation of suitable habitat for the native trout. Finally, this preliminary application highlighted the potential of science-based hydrological and habitat simulation approaches that are relevant to both biological quality elements (fish) and current EU Water policy to serve as efficient tools for the estimation of possible climate change impacts on the south-western Balkan river ecosystems. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainCSD2009-00065SCARCEUnspecifiedConsolider-Ingenio 2010

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Item ID: 41388
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/41388/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:41388
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.134
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969715303338
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 19 Jul 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 14:45
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