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Impacts of climate change and hydrological management on a coastal lake and wetland system

Gardner, EA; Burningham, H; Thompson, JR; (2019) Impacts of climate change and hydrological management on a coastal lake and wetland system. Irish Geography , 52 (1) pp. 21-48. 10.2014/igj.v52i1.1376. Green open access

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Abstract

Lowland, shallow, coastal aquatic systems often comprise a complex array of habitats and species as a consequence of their geomorphic evolution in combination with marine and terrestrial forcing. They are vulnerable to changes in climate and human activities that influence hydrology, water quality, sediment dynamics and species assemblages. Conservation-oriented management practices are being implemented at many sites to maintain favourable conservation status, but have the potential to also deliver unforeseen impacts on the hydrological character of these systems and their wider catchments. Sheskinmore Lough, a shallow coastal freshwater lake and wetland system, County Donegal, Ireland, is managed to maintain water levels. In this study, hydrological modelling is undertaken to establish the potential future impacts of climate change and hydrological management on the ecohydrology of the lake and wetland system. Results show that hydrological management has the largest impact on system ecohydrology in comparison to climate change. When combined with climate change, however, these effects are even greater. Given climate change is predicted to increase the magnitude of these impacts, environmental managers need to consider the array of vulnerable species, their specific ecohydrological requirements, and the overall biodiversity of the site, when developing future conservation management strategies.

Type: Article
Title: Impacts of climate change and hydrological management on a coastal lake and wetland system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2014/igj.v52i1.1376
Publisher version: http://www.irishgeography.ie/index.php/irishgeogra...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Keywords: Climate change, conservation, ecohydrology, freshwater, hydrological management, coastal lake
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058062
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