Planners and researchers working together for effective outcomes
The field study* being conducted in South East Queensland is testing the concepts of the Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) framework. This holistic framework is designed to provide flow-ecology relationships/models for use in environmental flow assessments and/or river restoration at a regional scale.
An important focus of this project is to involve planners throughout the research process to ensure that research results are applied in a beneficial way.
Professor Angela Arthington of Griffith University, head researcher for the project, was the lead Editor of a Special Issue of Freshwater Biology on 'Environmental Flows: Science and Management', including a synthesis paper with recommendations for future research:
Preserving the biodiversity and ecological services of rivers (200.5 kB)
Arthington, A, Naiman, RJ, MCClain, ME and Nilsson 2010, ‘Preserving the biodiversity and ecological services of rivers: New challenges and research opportunities’, Freshwater Biology, Vol. 55, pp. 1–16
* Hydro-ecological relationships and thresholds to inform environmental flow management and river restoration - Professor Angela Arthington, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University