Influence of river discharge patterns on the hydrodynamics and potential contaminant dispersion in the Douro estuary (Portugal).

@article{Azevedo2010InfluenceOR,
  title={Influence of river discharge patterns on the hydrodynamics and potential contaminant dispersion in the Douro estuary (Portugal).},
  author={Isabel Azevedo and Adriano Agostinho Bordalo and Pedro M. Duarte},
  journal={Water research},
  year={2010},
  volume={44 10},
  pages={3133-46}
}
Freshwater input to estuaries is a fundamental feature of these ecosystems, which may be profoundly altered by river damming as human needs for water consumption, irrigation or energy production increase. The Douro estuary is limited upstream by a dam since 1985, which reduced its length by ca. 60%. Freshwater inputs to the estuary are now irregular and greatly dependent on hydroelectric power demand; values ranging from zero to over 1000m(3)s(-1), in a matter of hours, especially in summer are… CONTINUE READING