Ecological Flow Analysis through an Ecohydraulic-Based Catchment Scale Approach

Sedighkia, Mahdi, and Datta, Bithin (2024) Ecological Flow Analysis through an Ecohydraulic-Based Catchment Scale Approach. Water, 16 (1). 59.

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Ecological flow regime analysis through developing a novel ecohydraulic optimization method is the objective of this study in which three components are linked. Hydrological analysis is the first component in which average monthly flow is assessed in different hydrological conditions by applying a drought index in the selected control points or representative reaches in the river basin. Another component is the ecological model in which field ecological studies are used for selecting the target species, and habitat loss was modelled through the fuzzy method. The outputs of the hydrological analysis and hydraulic habitat simulation were then applied in the structure of the optimization model in which minimizing ecological impacts and water supply loss were defined as the purposes. Different evolutionary algorithms were used in the optimization process. A decision-making system was utilized to finalize ecological flow by selecting the privileged algorithm. According to the outputs, the proposed method can mitigate ecological impacts and water supply losses simultaneously. Either particle swarm optimization or differential evolution algorithm is the best approach for ecological flow in this research work. The outputs of optimization indicated that the reliability of the water supply in dry years is less than 32%, while it is more than 80% in wet years, which means that changing the hydrological condition will increase the portion of ecological flow regime significantly. In other words, the reliability of the water supply can be reduced by more than 50%. Hence, using other water resources such as groundwater is necessary in dry years in the study area.

Item ID: 82092
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2073-4441
Keywords: environmental flow, evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy method, habitat simulation, stream drought index
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Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 01:38
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