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Reconstructing riverine mesohabitat unit composition using fish community data and an autecology matrix

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Abstract:

This research proposes a simplified method for estimating the mesohabitat composition that would favour members of a given set of aquatic species. The simulated composition of four types of mesohabitat units (deep pool, shallow pool, deep riffle and shallow riffle) could guide the design of in-stream structures in creating pool-riffle systems with ecological reference. Fish community data and an autecology matrix are used to support the development of a stream mesohabitat simulation based on regression models for reaches in mid to upper-order streams. The fish community-mesohabitat model results constitute a reference condition that can be used to guide stream restoration and ecological engineering decisions aimed at maintaining the natural ecological integrity and diversity of rivers.

Keywords: fish autecology; fuzzy rule-based model; mesohabitat modelling; restoration

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02737.x

Affiliations: Department of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1 University Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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