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Response of community structure to sustained drought in Mediterranean rivers

Mediterranean rivers are characterized by frequent hydrological disturbances, including floods, droughts, and human impacts like water abstraction. During 2008 an exceptionally long drought in NE Spain was irregularly interrupted by rainfall events. We analyzed the relationships between the biological community structure with the ongoing and preceding hydrological patterns during the drought and recovery periods. We aimed: (1) to assess the role of hydrology on different biological assemblages (diatoms, macroinvertebrates and fish), (2) to determine which measures of community structure could be better related to hydrology, and (3) to determine the effects of water abstraction on river communities. Three subsets of variables (hydrological, spatial and environmental) were selected to determine the relative importance of hydrological alterations. Variation partitioning analysis and ordination methods were used to determine which subset of variables had higher effects on 20 parameters and six matrices (taxonomic and functional) of the biological communities. The analyses revealed that both parameters and matrices were significantly related to hydrological effects. Reservoirs intensified the effect of drought on downstream community composition and structure, as a result of the competition between human uses of water and environmental values

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Projects CGL2007-65549/BOS, CGL2008-05778/BOS and CGL2009-12877-C02-01 and CSD2009-00065), and the Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (Project VIECO; 009/RN08/011) provided additional financial support

© Journal of Hydrology, 2010, vol. 383, núm.1-2, p. 135-146

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Author: Boix Masafret, Dani
García-Berthou, Emili
Gascón Garcia, Stéphanie
Benejam Vidal, Lluís
Tornés Bes, Elisabet
Sala Genoher, Jordi
Benito, Josep
Munné, Antoni
Solà, Carolina
Sabater, Sergi
Date: 2010
Abstract: Mediterranean rivers are characterized by frequent hydrological disturbances, including floods, droughts, and human impacts like water abstraction. During 2008 an exceptionally long drought in NE Spain was irregularly interrupted by rainfall events. We analyzed the relationships between the biological community structure with the ongoing and preceding hydrological patterns during the drought and recovery periods. We aimed: (1) to assess the role of hydrology on different biological assemblages (diatoms, macroinvertebrates and fish), (2) to determine which measures of community structure could be better related to hydrology, and (3) to determine the effects of water abstraction on river communities. Three subsets of variables (hydrological, spatial and environmental) were selected to determine the relative importance of hydrological alterations. Variation partitioning analysis and ordination methods were used to determine which subset of variables had higher effects on 20 parameters and six matrices (taxonomic and functional) of the biological communities. The analyses revealed that both parameters and matrices were significantly related to hydrological effects. Reservoirs intensified the effect of drought on downstream community composition and structure, as a result of the competition between human uses of water and environmental values
The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Projects CGL2007-65549/BOS, CGL2008-05778/BOS and CGL2009-12877-C02-01 and CSD2009-00065), and the Spanish Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs (Project VIECO; 009/RN08/011) provided additional financial support
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ISSN: 0022-1694
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12402
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MICYT/PN 2007-2010/CGL2007-65549/BOS
MICINN/PN 2009-2011/CGL2008-05778/BOS
MICINN/PN 2010-2012/CGL2009-12877-C02-01
MICINN/PN 2009-2014/CSD2009-00065
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.01.014
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Is part of: © Journal of Hydrology, 2010, vol. 383, núm.1-2, p. 135-146
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Subject: Biologia aquàtica
Aquatic biology
Ecosistemes mediterranis
Mediterranean-type ecosystems
Ecologia d’aigua dolça
Freshwater ecology
Title: Response of community structure to sustained drought in Mediterranean rivers
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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