River classifications identify the key features that make rivers different or similar and so provide a tool by which the insights and knowledge gained in one river or region may be meaningfully applied or transferred to another. This project has endeavoured to develop a regional classification of Australia’s rivers based on ecologically relevant aspects of their hydrology (i.e. an ecohydrological classification).
Stewart-Koster, B., Olden, J. D., Kennard, M. J., Pusey, B. J., Boone, E. L., Douglas, M. and Jackson, S. (2011), Fish response to the temporal hierarchy of the natural flow regime in the Daly River, northern Australia. Journal of Fish Biology, 79: 1525–1544. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03072.x
Sternberg, D., & Kennard, M. (2014). Phylogenetic effects on functional traits and life history strategies of Australian freshwater fish. Ecography, 37(1), 54-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00362.x
Sternberg, D., & Kennard, M. (2013). Environmental, spatial and phylogenetic determinants of fish life‐history traits and functional composition of Australian rivers. Freshwater Biology, 58(9), 1767-1778. doi:10.1111/fwb.12166
Olden, J., Kennard, M., & Pusey, B. (2012). A framework for hydrologic classification with a review of methodologies and applications in ecohydrology. Ecohydrology, 5(4), 503-518. doi: 10.1002/eco.251
Kennard, M., Pusey, B., Olden, J., Mackay, S., Stein, J., & Marsh, N. (2010). Classification of natural flow regimes in Australia to support environmental flow management. Freshwater Biology, 55(1), 171-193. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02307.x
Kennard, M., Mackay, S., Pusey, B., Olden, J., & Marsh, N. (2010). Quantifying uncertainty in estimation of hydrologic metrics for ecohydrological studies. River Research and Applications, 26(2), 137-156. doi: 10.1002/rra.1249
Pusey, B., Kennard, M., Stein, J., Olden, J., Mackay, S., Hutchinson, M., and Sheldon, F. 2009. Ecohydrological regionalisation of Australia: A tool for management and science.
The project was led by Professor Brad Pusey from Griffith University. Dr Pusey was supported by Mark Kennard (Griffith University), Michael Hutchinson and Janet Stein (Australian National University), in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions.
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