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Ecohydrologically Driven Catchment Evaluation and Prioritization

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This study develops information based on index, and termed hydro-ecological-index, to represent the need of a riverine ecosystem characterized through a biologically relevant flow regime. The flow regime is defined by a set of parameters, called Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration. These parameters are predicted at the catchment scale by a hydrologic model, called Soil and Water Assessment Tool. Then the Maximum Entropy Ordered Weighted Averaging method is employed to aggregate non-commensurable biologically relevant flow regimes to develop hydro-ecological- index at the catchment scale. The resulting index reflects the variability of the need of the riverine ecosystem at catchment scale and thus different catchments can be evaluated and compared.

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Mylevaganam, S. , Srinivasan, R. and Singh, V. (2015) Ecohydrologically Driven Catchment Evaluation and Prioritization. Open Journal of Applied Sciences, 5, 325-334. doi: 10.4236/ojapps.2015.57033.

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