21. Ecohydraulics for River Management: Can Mesoscale Lotic Macroinvertebrate Data Inform Macroscale Ecosystem Assessment?

  1. Ian Maddock3,
  2. Atle Harby4,
  3. Paul Kemp5 and
  4. Paul Wood6
  1. Jessica M. Orlofske1,
  2. Wendy A. Monk2 and
  3. Donald J. Baird2

Published Online: 30 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118526576.ch21

Ecohydraulics: An Integrated Approach

Ecohydraulics: An Integrated Approach

How to Cite

Orlofske, J. M., Monk, W. A. and Baird, D. J. (2013) Ecohydraulics for River Management: Can Mesoscale Lotic Macroinvertebrate Data Inform Macroscale Ecosystem Assessment?, in Ecohydraulics: An Integrated Approach (eds I. Maddock, A. Harby, P. Kemp and P. Wood), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118526576.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Institute of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester, UK

  2. 4

    SINTEF Energy Research, Trondheim, Norway

  3. 5

    International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research, University of Southampton, UK

  4. 6

    Department of Geography, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Canadian Rivers Institute, Department of Biology, 10 Bailey Drive, P.O. Box 4400, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3, Canada

  2. 2

    Environment Canada, Canadian Rivers Institute, Department of Biology, 10 Bailey Drive, P.O. Box 4400, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 AUG 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470976005

Online ISBN: 9781118526576

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • ecohydraulics;
  • ecosystem research;
  • hydraulic effects;
  • lotic macroinvertebrates;
  • river management;
  • trait variation

Summary

This chapter evaluates the current state of ecohydraulics science, with a specific focus on lotic macroinvertebrates. It explores the application of this knowledge for river management and identifies areas of ecohydraulic research which may benefit from more innovative approaches. The chapter examines a range of peer-reviewed scientific publications to provide a review of common approaches, taxa and hydraulic parameters in order to elucidate patterns in the responses of lotic macroinvertebrates to hydraulic conditions. It focuses only on hydraulic parameters, acknowledging that this assumes other unobserved/unconsidered factors were not confounding any individual study linking hydraulic effects and community structure. Traits-based approaches can provide primary information for the development of alternative metrics for lotic ecosystem research and management. One goal of sustainable river management is to develop and apply protection strategies based on the knowledge of the ecological and habitat responses to hydraulic and hydrological processes within that system.