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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Aplinkos inžinerija / Environmental engineering (T004)
Author(s): Kriaučiūnienė, Jūratė;Virbickas, Tomas;Šarauskienė, Diana;Jakimavičius, Darius;Kažys, Justas;Bukantis, Arūnas;Kesminas, Vytautas;Povilaitis, Arvydas;Dainys, Justas;Akstinas, Vytautas;Jurgelėnaitė, Aldona;Meilutytė-Lukauskienė, Diana;Tomkevičienė, Aldona
Title: Fish assemblages under climate change in Lithuanian rivers
Is part of: Science of the total environment. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science BV, Vol. 661 (2019)
Extent: p. 563-574
Date: 2019
Note: Scopus IG 2-s2.0-85060223547
Keywords: Climate change;Discharge;Water temperature;Fish metrics;Uncertainty
Abstract: Alterations of abiotic factors (e.g., river water temperature and discharge) will definitely affect the fundamental processes of aquatic ecosystems. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of climate change on the structure of fish assemblages in fast-flowing rivers belonging to the catchment of the major Eastern European river, the Nemunas. Five catchments of semi-natural riverswere selected for the study. Projections of abiotic factorswere developed for the near (2016–2035) and far future (2081–2100) periods, according to four RCP scenarios and three climate models using the HBV hydrologicalmodelling tool. Fishmetric projectionswere developed based on a multiple regression using spatial data. No significant changes in projections of abiotic and biotic variables are generally expected in the near future. In the far future period, the abiotic factors are projected to change significantly, i.e., river water temperature is going to increase by 4.0–5.1 °C, and river discharge is projected to decrease by 16.7–40.6%, according to RCP8.5. By the end of century, the relative abundance of stenothermal fish is projected to decline from24 to 51% in the reference period to 0–20% under RCP8.5. Eurythermal fish should benefit from climate change, and their abundance is likely to increase from 16 to 38% in the reference period to 38–65% under RCP8.5. Future alterations of riverwater temperaturewill have significantly more influence on the abundance of the analysed fish assemblages than river discharge
Affiliation(s): Gamtos tyrimų centras
Lietuvos energetikos institutas
Vandens ūkio ir žemėtvarkos fakultetas
Vilniaus universitetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
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