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Quantifying the effects of climate change on hydrological regime and stream biota in a groundwater-dominated catchment: A modelling approach combining SWAT-MODFLOW with flow-biota empirical models

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Quantifying the effects of climate change on hydrological regime and stream biota in a groundwater-dominated catchment : A modelling approach combining SWAT-MODFLOW with flow-biota empirical models. / Liu, Wei; Bailey, Ryan T.; Andersen, Hans Estrup; Jeppesen, Erik; Nielsen, Anders; Peng, Kai; Molina-Navarro, Eugenio; Park, Seonggyu; Thodsen, Hans; Trolle, Dennis.

In: Science of the total Environment, Vol. 745, 140933, 2020.

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title = "Quantifying the effects of climate change on hydrological regime and stream biota in a groundwater-dominated catchment: A modelling approach combining SWAT-MODFLOW with flow-biota empirical models",
abstract = "Climate change may affect stream ecosystems through flow regime alterations, which can be particularly complex in streams with a significant groundwater contribution. To quantify the impacts of climate change on hydrological regime and subsequently the stream biota, we linked SWAT-MODFLOW (A model coupling the Soil and Water Assessment Tool and the Modular Finite-difference Flow Model) with flow-biota empirical models that included indices for three key biological taxonomic identities (fish, macroinvertebrates and macrophytes) and applied the model-complex to a groundwater-dominated catchment in Denmark. Effects of predicted climate change towards the end of this century relative to the reference period (1996–2005) were tested with two contrasting climate change scenarios of different greenhouse gas emissions (Representative Concentration Pathway 2.6 (RCP 2.6) and RCP 8.5) and analysed for all subbasins grouped into streams of three size classes. The total water yield in the catchment did not change significantly (−1 ± 4 (SD) mm yr−1) from the baseline in the RCP2.6 scenario, while it increased by 9 ± 11 mm yr−1 in the RCP8.5 scenario. The three stream size classes underwent different alterations in flow regime and also demonstrated different biotic responses to climate change. All large and some small streams were impacted most heavily by the climate change, where fish and macrophyte indices decreased up to 14.4% and 11.2%, respectively, whereas these indices increased by up to 14.4% and 6.0%, respectively, in the medium and some small streams. The climate change effects were, as expected, larger in the RCP8.5 scenario than in the RCP2.6 scenario. Our study is the first to quantify the impacts of streamflow alterations induced by climate change on stream biota beyond specific species.",
keywords = "Climate change, Fish, Flow regime, Macroinvertebrates, Macrophytes, SWAT-MODFLOW",
author = "Wei Liu and Bailey, {Ryan T.} and Andersen, {Hans Estrup} and Erik Jeppesen and Anders Nielsen and Kai Peng and Eugenio Molina-Navarro and Seonggyu Park and Hans Thodsen and Dennis Trolle",
year = "2020",
doi = "10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140933",
language = "English",
volume = "745",
journal = "Science of the Total Environment",
issn = "0048-9697",
publisher = "Elsevier BV",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Quantifying the effects of climate change on hydrological regime and stream biota in a groundwater-dominated catchment

T2 - A modelling approach combining SWAT-MODFLOW with flow-biota empirical models

AU - Liu, Wei

AU - Bailey, Ryan T.

AU - Andersen, Hans Estrup

AU - Jeppesen, Erik

AU - Nielsen, Anders

AU - Peng, Kai

AU - Molina-Navarro, Eugenio

AU - Park, Seonggyu

AU - Thodsen, Hans

AU - Trolle, Dennis

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - Climate change may affect stream ecosystems through flow regime alterations, which can be particularly complex in streams with a significant groundwater contribution. To quantify the impacts of climate change on hydrological regime and subsequently the stream biota, we linked SWAT-MODFLOW (A model coupling the Soil and Water Assessment Tool and the Modular Finite-difference Flow Model) with flow-biota empirical models that included indices for three key biological taxonomic identities (fish, macroinvertebrates and macrophytes) and applied the model-complex to a groundwater-dominated catchment in Denmark. Effects of predicted climate change towards the end of this century relative to the reference period (1996–2005) were tested with two contrasting climate change scenarios of different greenhouse gas emissions (Representative Concentration Pathway 2.6 (RCP 2.6) and RCP 8.5) and analysed for all subbasins grouped into streams of three size classes. The total water yield in the catchment did not change significantly (−1 ± 4 (SD) mm yr−1) from the baseline in the RCP2.6 scenario, while it increased by 9 ± 11 mm yr−1 in the RCP8.5 scenario. The three stream size classes underwent different alterations in flow regime and also demonstrated different biotic responses to climate change. All large and some small streams were impacted most heavily by the climate change, where fish and macrophyte indices decreased up to 14.4% and 11.2%, respectively, whereas these indices increased by up to 14.4% and 6.0%, respectively, in the medium and some small streams. The climate change effects were, as expected, larger in the RCP8.5 scenario than in the RCP2.6 scenario. Our study is the first to quantify the impacts of streamflow alterations induced by climate change on stream biota beyond specific species.

AB - Climate change may affect stream ecosystems through flow regime alterations, which can be particularly complex in streams with a significant groundwater contribution. To quantify the impacts of climate change on hydrological regime and subsequently the stream biota, we linked SWAT-MODFLOW (A model coupling the Soil and Water Assessment Tool and the Modular Finite-difference Flow Model) with flow-biota empirical models that included indices for three key biological taxonomic identities (fish, macroinvertebrates and macrophytes) and applied the model-complex to a groundwater-dominated catchment in Denmark. Effects of predicted climate change towards the end of this century relative to the reference period (1996–2005) were tested with two contrasting climate change scenarios of different greenhouse gas emissions (Representative Concentration Pathway 2.6 (RCP 2.6) and RCP 8.5) and analysed for all subbasins grouped into streams of three size classes. The total water yield in the catchment did not change significantly (−1 ± 4 (SD) mm yr−1) from the baseline in the RCP2.6 scenario, while it increased by 9 ± 11 mm yr−1 in the RCP8.5 scenario. The three stream size classes underwent different alterations in flow regime and also demonstrated different biotic responses to climate change. All large and some small streams were impacted most heavily by the climate change, where fish and macrophyte indices decreased up to 14.4% and 11.2%, respectively, whereas these indices increased by up to 14.4% and 6.0%, respectively, in the medium and some small streams. The climate change effects were, as expected, larger in the RCP8.5 scenario than in the RCP2.6 scenario. Our study is the first to quantify the impacts of streamflow alterations induced by climate change on stream biota beyond specific species.

KW - Climate change

KW - Fish

KW - Flow regime

KW - Macroinvertebrates

KW - Macrophytes

KW - SWAT-MODFLOW

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85088665175&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140933

DO - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140933

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 32726701

AN - SCOPUS:85088665175

VL - 745

JO - Science of the Total Environment

JF - Science of the Total Environment

SN - 0048-9697

M1 - 140933

ER -