An overall hydromorphological assessment of the middle to lower Guadalquivir River (southern Spain) was conducted using the Morphological Quality Index (MQI) and a novel extension, the Hydro-Morphological Quality Index (HMQI), with the following aims: (1) investigate the morphological problems and (2) describe and test the HMQI on a case study characterized by relevant hydrological alterations related to the presence of dams. The assessment was preceded by a delineation phase of spatial units using the REFORM hydromorphological framework. The MQI results show that “moderate” is the dominant quality class, with some cases falling into the poor class and a few cases with good conditions. The results in terms of the HMQI are slightly worse, given the remarkable hydrological alterations related to the dams, with approximately half of the reaches classi!ed as poor and the remaining half classi!ed as moderate. The main conclusions of this case study are that (1) the methodology is e"ective in diagnosing hydromorphological problems and in allowing a sound under- standing of the responses to pressures (i.e., cause-e"ect relation- ships), and (2) the overall evaluation based on HMQI appears to be a useful integration with the MQI, particularly in a case study characterized by a large number of dams.

An assessment of the hydromorphological conditions of the middle and lower Guadalquivir River (southern Spain) / Massimo Rinaldi, Rafael Baena-Escudero, Laura Nardi, Inmaculada C. Guerrero-Amador, Belén García-Martínez. - In: PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. - ISSN 0272-3646. - STAMPA. - 41:(2020), pp. 254-271.

An assessment of the hydromorphological conditions of the middle and lower Guadalquivir River (southern Spain)

Massimo Rinaldi
;
Laura Nardi;
2020

Abstract

An overall hydromorphological assessment of the middle to lower Guadalquivir River (southern Spain) was conducted using the Morphological Quality Index (MQI) and a novel extension, the Hydro-Morphological Quality Index (HMQI), with the following aims: (1) investigate the morphological problems and (2) describe and test the HMQI on a case study characterized by relevant hydrological alterations related to the presence of dams. The assessment was preceded by a delineation phase of spatial units using the REFORM hydromorphological framework. The MQI results show that “moderate” is the dominant quality class, with some cases falling into the poor class and a few cases with good conditions. The results in terms of the HMQI are slightly worse, given the remarkable hydrological alterations related to the dams, with approximately half of the reaches classi!ed as poor and the remaining half classi!ed as moderate. The main conclusions of this case study are that (1) the methodology is e"ective in diagnosing hydromorphological problems and in allowing a sound under- standing of the responses to pressures (i.e., cause-e"ect relation- ships), and (2) the overall evaluation based on HMQI appears to be a useful integration with the MQI, particularly in a case study characterized by a large number of dams.
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