HYDRA will focus on the study of how river systems are affected by Hydrological Alteration from dam operation and land use changes.
The HYDRA specific objectives are:
- Develop and test a methodology to assess hydrological alteration due to changes on dam operation and land use changes and identify the main spatial patterns on hydrological alteration.
- Improve our understanding of how the flow regime interacts with different levels of biological organization to control river system functioning.
- Identify covariance on the effects of HA produced by dam operation and land use changes through the modification of temperature regimens and DOM quality.
- Test the sensitivity and reliability of biological metrics currently used in the application of the WFD to account for the effects of dams and land use changes.
- Enhance the current monitoring of riverine systems by producing a new generation of indicators of biodiversity and river system functioning (Essential Biodiversity Variables, sensu GEO BON).
- Improve our knowledge on the dependence of river service provisioning on different levels of biological organisation.
- Improve natural resource management and analysis of trade-offs among aquatic and terrestrial land uses through enhanced mechanistic understanding.
- Develop web tools and databases in order to communicate project results and facilitate the use of the new data to the wider scientific, stakeholder and business communities.