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Quantifying ecological effects of small hydropower in Alpine stream ecosystems

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EC-Contrib. €






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Organization address
address: VIA CALEPINA 14
city: TRENTO
postcode: 38122

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-05-01   to  2019-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO IT (TRENTO) coordinator 180˙277.00


 Project objective

In Europe, hydropower is the largest renewable energy resource accounting for 16% of total production, most of which is concentrated in the Alpine region. However, this renewable energy comes at great environmental costs and development of large dams is now considered untenable in many Countries. While studies addressing the ecological implications of hydropower have mostly focused on large facilities, investigations on small hydropower (SHP) are scarcer. Yet, development of SHP is booming globally and in the Alps rising concerns about cumulative effects on riverine systems. This project proposes a multi-disciplinary investigation to better quantify hydrological alterations from SHP and its effects on Alpine stream ecosystems. Combining field-experiments, surveys and innovative modelling of existing flow data-series, the project will: i) quantify the spatio-temporal scales of hydrologic alterations associated with SHP using integrated analytical tools and modelling approaches applied to long-term, spatially distributed data; ii) experimentally mimic water abstractions from SHP using semi-natural flumes to assess the response of aquatic invertebrates and the link between community assembly and ecosystem function applying the Price Equation partition; iii) quantify flow-ecology relationships and the cumulative effects of multiple SHPs using novel functional regression models with streams hydrographs. The results will provide new insights into the short- and long-term effects of SHP on Alpine streams, with practical implication for the sustainable use of water resources. During the project, I will train intensively in methods and software to quantify and model alterations of river flow and habitat and in handling large datasets. I will exchange knowledge with modellers, engineers and freshwater ecologists and foster new collaborations, which will benefit my host organisation and myself. The fellowship will also allow me to return to my homeland after a decade.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Stefano Larsen, Ute Karaus, Cecile Claret, Ferdinand Sporka, Ladislav Hamerlík, Klement Tockner
Flooding and hydrologic connectivity modulate community assembly in a dynamic river-floodplain ecosystem
published pages: e0213227, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213227
PLOS ONE 14/4 2019-09-17
2018 Stefano Larsen, Jonathan M. Chase, Isabelle Durance, Steve J. Ormerod
Lifting the veil: richness measurements fail to detect systematic biodiversity change over three decades
published pages: 1316-1326, ISSN: 0012-9658, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2213
Ecology 99/6 2019-09-17
2019 Stefano Larsen, Maria Cristina Bruno, Guido Zolezzi
WFD ecological status indicator shows poor correlation with flow parameters in a large Alpine catchment
published pages: 704-711, ISSN: 1470-160X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.047
Ecological Indicators 98 2019-09-17

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