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dc.contributor.authorDavies, Peter M
dc.contributor.authorNaiman, Robert J
dc.contributor.authorWarfe, Danielle M
dc.contributor.authorPettit, Neil E
dc.contributor.authorArthington, Angela H
dc.contributor.authorBunn, Stuart E
dc.description.abstractProviding flows for biota and environmental processes is a challenging water management issue. For society the ability and willingness to allocate water to sustain the environment is increasingly competitive due to escalating demand and as a consequence of climate change. In response, an array of environmental flow (E-flow) methods have developed. Our view is that few E-flows have been implemented and even fewer evaluated in a research and management context. Much of our science effort in E-flows has been directed primarily at method development, with less attention being given to monitoring, evaluation and subsequent revision of E-flow strategies. Our objectives are to highlight the lack of connection between current trends in E-flow literature and theory with assessment of the efficacy and practical application of these methods. Specifically, effective E-flows need to be explicit about flow-ecology relationships to adequately determine the amount and timing of water required. We briefly outline the historical development of E-flows and discuss how serial development of methods and techniques has restricted implementation, evaluation and revision. We highlight areas where methods are lacking, such as incorporation of data on flow-ecology relationships into operational use of E-flow methods. We suggest four initial steps that will improve the applicability, implementation and ultimate success of E-flows.
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMarine and freshwater research
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcology not elsewhere classified
dc.titleFlow-ecology relationships: closing the loop on effective environmental flows
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorArthington, Angela H.
gro.griffith.authorBunn, Stuart E.

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