Linking environmental flows to sediment dynamics

Garcia de Jalón, Diego and Bussettini, Martina and Rinaldi, Massimo and Grant, Gordon and Friberg, Nikolai and Cowx, Ian G. and Magdaleno Mas, Fernando and Buijse, Tom (2017). Linking environmental flows to sediment dynamics. "Water Policy", v. 19 (n. 2); pp. 358-375. ISSN 1366-7017.


Title: Linking environmental flows to sediment dynamics
  • Garcia de Jalón, Diego
  • Bussettini, Martina
  • Rinaldi, Massimo
  • Grant, Gordon
  • Friberg, Nikolai
  • Cowx, Ian G.
  • Magdaleno Mas, Fernando
  • Buijse, Tom
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Water Policy
Date: April 2017
ISSN: 1366-7017
Volume: 19
Freetext Keywords: Ecological status, Environmental flows (e-Flows), Flow regulation, Hydromorphology (HYMO), Large dam, River management, Sediments.
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Forestal (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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This is a policy discussion paper aimed at addressing possible alternative approaches for environmental flows (e-Flows) assessment and identification within the context of best strategies for fluvial restoration. We focus on dammed rivers in Mediterranean regions. Fluvial species and their ecological integrity are the result of their evolutionary adaptation to river habitats. Flowing water is the main driver for development and maintenance of these habitats, which is why e-Flows are needed where societal demands are depleting water resources. Fluvial habitats are also shaped by the combined interaction of water, sediments, woody/organic material, and riparian vegetation. Water abstraction, flow regulation by dams, gravel pits or siltation by fine sediments eroded from hillslopes are pressures that can disturb interactions among water, sediments, and other constituents that create the habitats needed by fluvial communities. Present e-Flow design criteria are based only on water flow requirements. Here we argue that sediment dynamics need to be considered when specifying instream flows, thereby expanding the environmental objectives and definition of e-Flows to include sediments (extended e-Flows). To this aim, a hydromorphological framework for e-Flows assessment and identification of best strategies for fluvial restoration, including the context of rivers regulated by large dams, is presented.

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FP7282656REFORMUnspecifiedREstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management

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Item ID: 50495
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DOI: 10.2166/wp.2016.106
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 26 Apr 2018 14:59
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 10:05
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