Towards a pan-European assessment of low flow indices

Lang Delus, Claire; Laaha, Gregor; Koffler, Daniel; Stahl, Kerstin; Hisdal, Hege; Prudhomme, Christel; Fendekova, Miriam; Jakubowski, Wojciech. 2014 Towards a pan-European assessment of low flow indices. In: Daniell, Trevor M., (ed.) Hydrology in a changing world: environmental and human dimensions. Wallingford, UK, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 348-354. (IAHS Publication, 363).

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Water resources are increasingly limited and need to be protected in terms of both quantity and quality. In Europe, the Water Framework Directive sets a legal framework to make water resources management and environmental protection more effective. However, the Directive is not very explicit as to how low flows should be assessed and controlled and the choice of low flow indices remains the responsibility of each country. A working group on “Low flow indices” was launched within the EURO FRIEND-Water Low Flow and Drought Group to collect information on low flow practices in Europe and to achieve pan-European low flow mapping. In this paper we show both the process of the ongoing work and the way forward, and we present first results of the analysis. The paper illustrates how valuable the FRIEND network is to facilitate international cooperation, exchange of knowledge and data sharing.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Rees (from October 2014)
ISBN: 9781907161414
Additional Keywords: low flow indices, survey, European Water Archive (EWA), climate variability adjustment, streamflow–streamflow model, pan-European map
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 04 Feb 2015 12:24 +0 (UTC)

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