Assessment of Ecological Responses to Environmental Flow Regimes using a Decision Support System Framework
The Environmental Flows Decision Support System (EFDSS) has been developed to allow the communities and governments in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia to assess the environmental responses of the lowland floodplain rivers to proposed flow management scenarios. The system integrates a range of qualitative and quantitative ecological models which consider blooms of toxic blue-green algae as well as habitat conditions for fish, floodplain vegetation, and waterbird breeding. It has been designed to accommodate a wide range of users. In this paper the overall design concepts and components of the EFDSS are described.
Key wordsEcological river modeling decision support system environmental assessment.
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