A general approach to predicting ecological responses to environmental flows: Making best use of the literature, expert knowledge, and monitoring data
JA Webb, SC de Little, KA Miller, MJ Stewardson, ID Rutherfurd, AK Sharpe, L Patulny, NL Poff
River Research and Applications | Wiley | Published : 2015
Around the world, governments are making huge investments in environmental flows. However, much of the rationale for these releases is based on expert opinion and is thus open to challenge. Empirical studies that relate ecological responses to flow restoration are mostly case studies of limited generality. Radically, different approaches are required to inform the development of general models that will allow us to predict the effects of environmental flows. Here, we describe the modelling framework being used in a major study of environmental flows in the Australian state of Victoria. The framework attempts to make best use of all the information available from the literature, experts, and ..View full abstract
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This study was funded by ARC Linkage Project LP100200170. We thank our partners: the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, catchment management authorities, Jacobs, and the many individuals within those organizations who have contributed to VEFMAP over the years.