Mechanistic effects of low-flow hydrology on riverine ecosystems: ecological principles and consequences of alteration

  title={Mechanistic effects of low-flow hydrology on riverine ecosystems: ecological principles and consequences of alteration},
  author={Robert J. Rolls and Catherine Leigh and Fran Sheldon},
  booktitle={Freshwater Science},
Abstract.  Alterations to the natural flow regime affect the structure and function of rivers and wetlands and contribute to loss of biodiversity worldwide. Although the effects of flow regulation have been relatively well studied, a lack of synthesis of the ecological consequences of low flows and droughts impedes research progress and our grasp of the mechanistic effects of human-induced water reductions on riverine ecosystems. We identified 6 ecologically relevant hydrological attributes of… 

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