Journal article

A functional flows approach to selecting ecologically relevant flow metrics for environmental flow applications

Sarah M Yarnell, Eric D Stein, J Angus Webb, Theodore Grantham, Rob A Lusardi, Julie Zimmerman, Ryan A Peek, Belize A Lane, Jeanette Howard, Samuel Sandoval-Solis

River Research and Applications | WILEY | Published : 2020


The science and practice of environmental flows have advanced significantly over the last several decades. Most environmental flow approaches require quantifying the relationships between hydrologic change and biologic response, but this can be challenging to determine and implement due to high data requirements, limited transferability, and the abundance of hydrologic metrics available for evaluation. We suggest that a functional flows approach, focusing on elements of the natural flow regime known to sustain important ecosystem processes, offers a pathway for linking understanding of ecosystem processes with discrete, quantifiable measures of the flow regime for a broad range of native tax..

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