Effects of Flow Regulation on Flow Regime on the Murrumbidgee River, South Eastern Australia: an assessment using a daily estimation hydrological model

Paul Frazier, Kenneth Page, Arthur Read

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Abstract

In this paper, modelled hydrological data are used to quantify the effects of regulation on the flow regime of the lower Murrumbidgee River in the period 1970-1998. Although other studies report historical changes in flood frequency and duration, this study uses modelled natural daily flow data rather than pre-regulation records or aggregated modelled monthly data. The comparison of modelled natural and regulated daily flows shows the magnitude of changes to mean and seasonal flows, flood peaks and flow duration. At gauges upstream of major irrigation off-takes, mean flows have been increased by approximately 10 per cent, flood peaks have been reduced by 21-46 per cent, and there has been a seasonal redistribution such that flows in summer and autumn have been increased at the expense of those in winter and spring. At gauges downstream of the major irrigation off-takes, mean flows have been reduced by 8-46 per cent, flood peaks have been reduced by 16-61 per cent, and flows have been decreased in all seasons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-314
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Geographer
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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