Articles | Volume 21, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5763–5780, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5763-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5763–5780, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5763-2017

Research article 22 Nov 2017

Research article | 22 Nov 2017

Importance of considering riparian vegetation requirements for the long-term efficiency of environmental flows in aquatic microhabitats

Rui Rivaes et al.

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We analyzed the influence of considering riparian requirements for the long-term efficiency of environmental flows. After a decade, environmental flows disregarding riparian requirements promoted riparian degradation and consequently the change in the hydraulic characteristics of the river channel and the modification of the available habitat area for fish species. Environmental flows regarding riparian vegetation requirements were able to sustain the fish habitat close to the natural condition.