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Título: Performance of a stochastic-dynamic modelling methodology for running waters ecological assessment.
Autor: Cabecinha, Edna
Cortes, Rui
Cabral, João Alexandre
Palavras-chave: Running waters
Ecological indicators
Aquatic macroinvertebrates
Aquatic ecosystem integrity
Stochastic-dynamic modelling
Holistic approaches
Data: 2004
Citação: Cabecinha E. et al, 2004
Resumo: An holistic stochastic-dynamic modelling methodology has been developed in order to predict the ecological status of lotic systems in Northeast Portugal. These procedures focus on the interactions between conceptually isolated key-components, such as some relevant benthic macroinvertebrate metrics and changes in local habitat conditions. The proposed model was preceded by a conventional multivariate statistical treatment performed to discriminate the significant relationships between prevailing biological and environmental variables. Since this statistical analysis is static, the dataset recorded from the field included true gradients of habitat changes. In this way, the factors time and space are implicit in the respective treatment. Such a procedure gives credibility to the parameters included in the dynamic model construction. In order to enhance the importance of monitoring in aquatic systems based on ecological integrity indicators, different biotic metrics were selected from the studied benthic macroinvertebrate communities. The samples of aquatic macroinvertebrate, environmental and physical-chemical data were collected from three watersheds of mountain rivers in Northeast Portugal, between 1983 and 1985. The model validation was based on independent data from another watershed not included in the model construction. Thereafter, the model behaviour was tested facing a “new” scenario, namely ongoing organic pollution disturbances in the region. The results are encouraging since, after the model validation, they seem to demonstrate the reliability of the model (1) to assess the ecological status of running waters from the studied watersheds and (2) to predict the behaviour of key macroinvertebrate metrics, along an ecological gradient from relatively pristine conditions to serious human impacts.
Revisão por Pares: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10348/4311
Tipo de Documento: Artigo
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