Articles | Volume 21, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5763–5780, 2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5763–5780, 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.

Related authors

The inbuilt long-term unfeasibility of environmental flows when disregarding riparian vegetation requirements
R. Rivaes, I. Boavida, J. M. Santos, A. N. Pinheiro, and M. T. Ferreira
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,,, 2015
Manuscript not accepted for further review
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Ecohydrology | Techniques and Approaches: Modelling approaches
Evaluating a landscape-scale daily water balance model to support spatially continuous representation of flow intermittency throughout stream networks
Songyan Yu, Hong Xuan Do, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Nick R. Bond, Peirong Lin, and Mark J. Kennard
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5279–5295,,, 2020
Short summary
Testing water fluxes and storage from two hydrology configurations within the ORCHIDEE land surface model across US semi-arid sites
Natasha MacBean, Russell L. Scott, Joel A. Biederman, Catherine Ottlé, Nicolas Vuichard, Agnès Ducharne, Thomas Kolb, Sabina Dore, Marcy Litvak, and David J. P. Moore
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5203–5230,,, 2020
Canopy temperature and heat stress are increased by compound high air temperature and water stress, and reduced by irrigation – A modeling analysis
Xiangyu Luan and Giulia Vico
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,,, 2020
Revised manuscript accepted for HESS
Short summary
Novel Keeling-plot-based methods to estimate the isotopic composition of ambient water vapor
Yusen Yuan, Taisheng Du, Honglang Wang, and Lixin Wang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4491–4501,,, 2020
Short summary
Disentangling temporal and population variability in plant root water uptake from stable isotopic analysis: when rooting depth matters in labeling studies
Valentin Couvreur, Youri Rothfuss, Félicien Meunier, Thierry Bariac, Philippe Biron, Jean-Louis Durand, Patricia Richard, and Mathieu Javaux
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3057–3075,,, 2020
Short summary

Cited articles

Acreman, M.: Ethical aspects of water and ecosystems, Water Policy, 3, 257–265,, 2001.
Acreman, M. C. and Ferguson, J. D.: Environmental flows and the European Water Framework Directive, Freshwater Biol., 55, 32–48,, 2010.
Acreman, M. C., Aldrick, J., Binnie, C., Black, A., Cowx, I., Dawson, H., Dunbar, M., Extence, C., Hannaford, J., Harby, A., Holmes, N., Jarritt, N., Old, G., Peirson, G., Webb, J., and Wood, P.: Environmental flows from dams: the water framework directive, P. I. Civil Eng.-Eng. Su., 162, 13–22,, 2009.
Acreman, M., Arthington, A. H., Colloff, M. J., Couch, C., Crossman, N. D., Dyer, F., Overton, I., Pollino, C. A., Stewardson, M. J., and Young, W.: Environmental flows for natural, hybrid, and novel riverine ecosystems in a changing world, Front. Ecol. Environ., 12, 466–473,, 2014.
Alexander, J. and Cooker, M. J.: Moving boulders in flash floods and estimating flow conditions using boulders in ancient deposits, Sedimentology, 63, 1582–1595,, 2016.
Short summary
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.