Walter Reckendorfer, Andrea Funk, Christine Gschöpf, Thomas Hein and Fritz Schiemer Aquatic ecosystem functions of an isolated floodplain and their implications for flood retention and management Journal of Applied Ecology 50
The increasing problems with catastrophic flooding have forced decision makers to seek basin-wide solutions with focus on ‘more room for the river’ and the reintegration of former floodplains as retention basins. Such reintegrations also represent opportunities to improve the ecological conditions for nature development in addition to their principal function, that is, the storage of water during floods. The results of our study can serve as an effective tool to predict the effects of alternative management options and to establish and define the design criteria of water retention areas with regard to their ecological functions, life spans and biodiversity.
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