Assessing river ecological quality using benthic macroinvertebrates in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region

  title={Assessing river ecological quality using benthic macroinvertebrates in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region},
  author={Thomas Korte and Abul Basar Mohammad Baki and Thomas Ofenb{\"o}ck and Otto Moog and Subodh Sharma and Daniel Hering},
We developed a system for the assessment of ecological condition for rivers in the lower mountains and lowlands of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh). We used benthic invertebrates collected from 198 rivers, located in five different ecoregions and covering degradation gradients; samples were taken twice (pre-monsoon and post-monsoon) applying a multi-habitat sampling procedure. Out of 38 environmental parameters, we constructed complex principal… CONTINUE READING


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