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Assessment of Ecological Responses to Environmental Flow Regimes using a Decision Support System Framework

  • W. G. Booty
  • W. J. Young
  • D. C. L. Lam
  • P. A. Whigham
  • I. W. S. Wong
  • S. M. Cuddy
  • K. Brown
  • T. F. Farley
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 39)

Abstract

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 words

Ecological river modeling decision support system environmental assessment. 

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Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. G. Booty
    • 1
  • W. J. Young
    • 2
  • D. C. L. Lam
    • 1
  • P. A. Whigham
    • 2
  • I. W. S. Wong
    • 1
  • S. M. Cuddy
    • 2
  • K. Brown
    • 3
  • T. F. Farley
    • 2
  1. 1.National Water Research InstituteBurlingtonCanada
  2. 2.CSIRO Land and WaterAustralia
  3. 3.ES Aquatic, Inc.KitchenerCanada

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