EGU21-558, updated on 03 Mar 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-558
EGU General Assembly 2021
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The effect of reed beds distributions on the Ecohydraulic dynamics of wetlands and lowlands: experimental analyses and simulations

Giuseppe Francesco Cesare Lama
Giuseppe Francesco Cesare Lama
  • University of Naples Federico II, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Water Resources Management and Biosystems Engineering Division, Portici, Italy (giuseppefrancescocesare.lama@unina.it)

The interplay between riparian vegetation and water flow in vegetated water bodies has a key role in the dynamic evolution of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in wetlands and lowlands. The present study analyzes the effects of the spatial distribution of reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.) beds, an invasive riparian species extremely widespread in wetland and lowlands worldwide, on the main hydraulic and hydrodynamic properties of an abandoned vegetated reclamation channel located in Northern Tuscany, Italy. A field campaign was carried out to obtain Leaf Area Index (LAI) and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) of reed beds through both ground-based and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) methodologies, and to correlate them to the channel’s flow dynamic and water quality main features. Then, Hydrodynamic simulations of the vegetated reclamation channel were performed and validated based on the experimental measurements of the hydraulic and vegetational parameters acquired in the field to build up a robust model to be employed also in future Ecohydraulic researches. The evidences of this study constitute useful insights in the quantitative analysis of the correlation between the spatial distribution of riparian vegetation stands in natural and manmade vegetated water bodies and their hydrodynamic and water quality main features.

How to cite: Lama, G. F. C.: The effect of reed beds distributions on the Ecohydraulic dynamics of wetlands and lowlands: experimental analyses and simulations, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-558, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-558, 2021.

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