Homogenization of regional river dynamics by dams and global biodiversity implications.

@article{Poff2007HomogenizationOR,
  title={Homogenization of regional river dynamics by dams and global biodiversity implications.},
  author={N. LeRoy Poff and Julian D. Olden and David M. Merritt and David M. Pepin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 14},
  pages={5732-7}
}
Global biodiversity in river and riparian ecosystems is generated and maintained by geographic variation in stream processes and fluvial disturbance regimes, which largely reflect regional differences in climate and geology. Extensive construction of dams by humans has greatly dampened the seasonal and interannual streamflow variability of rivers, thereby altering natural dynamics in ecologically important flows on continental to global scales. The cumulative effects of modification to regional… CONTINUE READING