Hydrology: Current Research

ISSN: 2157-7587

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Bharath H Aithal


  • Research Article
    Environmental Flow Assessment in a Lotic Ecosystem of Central Western Ghats, India
    Author(s): Ramachandra TV, Vinay S and Bharath H AithalRamachandra TV, Vinay S and Bharath H Aithal

    Environmental/Ecological flow refers to the minimum flow of water to be maintained in a water body (river, lake, etc.) to sustain ecosystem services. Understanding environmental flow is important to ensure the local ecological and social (people, agriculture and horticulture, etc.) needs in a sustained and balanced way, while designing large scale projects (such as hydro-electric, river diversion, etc.). Western Ghats are the mountain ranges extending from southern tip of India (Tamil Nadu-Kanyakumari) to Gujarat. These mountain ranges are rich in biodiversity with diverse and endemic flora and fauna, and is birth place to numerous perennial rivers namely Netravathi, Sita, Sharavathi, Aghanashini, Krishna, Cauvery, etc. Western Ghats is often referred as water tower of peninsular India, due to the water and food security provided by the ecosystem through array of services. The region .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000248

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