Natural flow regime: a necessary diversity, a preditable diversity

  • C. Martinez Santa-Maria Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid
  • J. A. Fernandez Yuste Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid

Abstract

During last years the scientific community has realized flow regime importance as a connexion and explaining element of the fluvial ecosystem. Related to this paradigm, flow regime alteration analysis is necessary for the evaluation of environmental integrity. The objective is to show a new tool for characterizing stream flow regimes, quantifiying hydrologic impacts caused by dam construction. To reach this objective, this paper proposes: 1) to establish reference conditions and 2) evaluation of hydrological alteration: with 24 alteration indexes of alteration to measure the altered regime distortion against the natural. They have been applied to Vado reservoir situated in the upper reach of Jarama river which is integrated in Madrid water supply system.

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Published
2006-12-01
How to Cite
Martinez Santa-MariaC., & Fernandez YusteJ. A. (2006). Natural flow regime: a necessary diversity, a preditable diversity. Forest Systems, 15(S1), S153-S165. https://doi.org/10.5424/srf/200615S1-00989
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Research Articles