FONDECYT – Fondo Nacional de desarrollo Científico y tecnológico (Chile)
UCSC – Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción
CIBAS – Centro de investigación en Biodiversidad y Ambientes Sustentables
At the same time freshawter ecosytems provides essential resources and services to human societies. As a consequence, the flow regimes of rivers in many parts of the world have been controlled by water impoundments, which maximize the provision of freshwater and other resources, often at the expense of ecosytem quality and functioning. Teherfore, outstanding research is needed to guide water resources managers through complex decisions that allow maximizing societal returns from riverine ecosystems while ensuring their resilience and conservation.
This project will focus on how river functioning and service provisioning are affected by hydrologic alteration (HA) from dam operation and land use changes. The project covers the south-central area of Chile (regions VI-IX), which is subjected to significant settlements and economic activities, presenting a large number of dams and a high precentage of modified land uses, especially due to forestry and agriculture.
In order to achieve this main goal, the project will develop an approach that consists of four tasks:
Two potential states of land and water resources according to contrasting watershed management policies.
(Source: Waterwatch Queensland)