EGU2020-22184
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-22184
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Linking changing grain size distributions with the development of shelter availability for fish in the bypass reach of a hydro power plant

Spyridon Pritsis1,2, Kordula Schwarzwälder2, Wolfgang Szentkereszty2, and Nils Rüther2
Spyridon Pritsis et al.
  • 1NTUA, Civil Engineering, Greece (spyrospritsis@gmail.com)
  • 2NTNU, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norway

Nowadays, the aquatic biodiversity is highly under pressure due to anthropogenic changes
of rivers such hydraulic structures changing the diversity of flow and aquatic fauna as well
as sediment continuity. This can have severe consequences on the fish population in the
river reach. Fish are strongly depending on a certain substrate composition throughout all
their life stages. Juveniles e.g. are depending on a certain availability of shelter in the
substrate in order to survive this stage. Therefore we investigate the effects of changes in
the sediment composition at a Hydropower plant in Switzerland on the availability of
potential shelter for juvenile fish. The investigation is conducted as part of the EU Horizon
2020 funded project FIThydro (funded under 727830).
To reach this goal, we measured the sediment compositions at several locations in the
bypass reach with different measurement techniques such as sieving, photogrammetry
(Basegrain) and the pebble count method. Further we measured the shelter availability in
the corresponding locations, using the so called Finstad method. As the method was
developed purely for Atlantic salmon, we modified it by expanded the variability of
available sizes. The resulting correlation of the grain size distribution with the potential
shelter availability at different locations showed a fairly high correlation coefficient. This
equation can then be used in hydro-morphological models to estimate the spatial
distribution of potential shelter availability for any given flow regime and grain size
distribution. Further investigation at other sites will over time enlarge the database and
therefore improve the correlation.

How to cite: Pritsis, S., Schwarzwälder, K., Szentkereszty, W., and Rüther, N.: Linking changing grain size distributions with the development of shelter availability for fish in the bypass reach of a hydro power plant, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-22184, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-22184, 2020

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