The general goal of this proposal is to estimate how HA from dam operation and land-use changes compromises the functioning of river systems in south-central Chile in order to make recommendations for water managers and policy development.
The specific goals are defined as:
- Development of a virtual watershed platform including a theoretical river network.
- Prediction of the natural flow regimes of the whole river network, including ungauged rivers.
- Implementation and testing of a methodology to assess the HAcaused by dam operation and land-use changes and identification of the main spatial patterns of HA.
- Improvement of our understanding of how the flow regime and its alteration control river system functioning in order to make recommendations for water managers and policy development.