Environmental flows - basics for novices

Acreman, Mike. 2016 Environmental flows - basics for novices. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 3 (5). 622-628.

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The term environmental flows has become widely used to define the hydrological regime required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend on them. A large range of frameworks and methods has been developed to assess environmental flow needs and many authors have identified subtleties in the approaches needed for different situations and required outcomes. This article summaries some basic concepts that can assist those new to environmental flows to navigate the rapidly expanding plethora of information. It briefly covers key areas of setting objectives for river ecosystems, examining pressures that constrain reaching these objectives, the level of detail needed, implementation, and how future changes affect environmental flow assessments.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Acreman
ISSN: 2049-1948
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 01 Aug 2016 14:53 +0 (UTC)

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