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

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dc.contributor.author Papadaki, Christina es_ES
dc.contributor.author Soulis, Konstantinos es_ES
dc.contributor.author Muñoz Mas, Rafael es_ES
dc.contributor.author Martinez-Capel, Francisco es_ES
dc.contributor.author Zogaris, Stamatis es_ES
dc.contributor.author Ntoanidis, Lazaros es_ES
dc.contributor.author Dimitriou, Elias es_ES
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-29T16:11:29Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-29T16:11:29Z
dc.date.issued 2016-01-01
dc.identifier.issn 0048-9697
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10251/61258
dc.description.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 hydrologicalmodel 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 EUWater policy to serve as efficient tools for the estimation of possible climate change impacts on the south-western Balkan river ecosystems. es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship This study was supported by the ECOFLOW project funded by the Hellenic General Secretariat of Research and Technology in the framework of the NSRF 2007-2013. The W. B. trout data collection was partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness with the project SCARCE (Consolider-Ingenio 2010 CSD2009-00065). en_EN
dc.language Inglés es_ES
dc.publisher Elsevier es_ES
dc.relation ECOFLOW project - Hellenic General Secretariat of Research and Technology in the framework of the NSRF es_ES
dc.relation Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness with the project SCARCE [CSD2009-00065] es_ES
dc.relation.ispartof Science of the Total Environment es_ES
dc.rights Reserva de todos los derechos es_ES
dc.subject Habitat series analysis es_ES
dc.subject Hydrological alteration es_ES
dc.subject Physical habitat simulation es_ES
dc.subject West Balkan trout es_ES
dc.subject.classification TECNOLOGIA DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE es_ES
dc.title Potential impacts of climate change on flow regime and fish habitat in mountain rivers of the southwestern Balkans es_ES
dc.type Artículo es_ES
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.134
dc.rights.accessRights Abierto es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Instituto de Investigación para la Gestión Integral de Zonas Costeras - Institut d'Investigació per a la Gestió Integral de Zones Costaneres es_ES
dc.contributor.affiliation Universitat Politècnica de València. Departamento de Ingeniería Hidráulica y Medio Ambiente - Departament d'Enginyeria Hidràulica i Medi Ambient es_ES
dc.description.bibliographicCitation Papadaki, C.; Soulis, K.; Muñoz Mas, R.; Martinez-Capel, F.; Zogaris, S.; Ntoanidis, L.; Dimitriou, E. (2016). Potential impacts of climate change on flow regime and fish habitat in mountain rivers of the southwestern Balkans. Science of the Total Environment. 540:418-428. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.134 es_ES
dc.description.accrualMethod Senia es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.134 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpinicio 418 es_ES
dc.description.upvformatpfin 428 es_ES
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion es_ES
dc.description.volume 540 es_ES
dc.relation.senia 298496 es_ES


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