Habitat Simulation in United States, Britain, and France

by Robert T. Milhous, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, United States,
Ian Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, United States,
Yves Souchon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, United States,
Sylvie Valentin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fort Collins, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions

Abstract: The need to identify an instream flow requirement for water resources management exists in a number of countries. The use of habitat simulation in the United States, Great Britain, and France to assist in finding the requirement is reviewed. The habitat simulation techniques considered are based on the logic of the Physical Habitat Simulation System (PHABSIM) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All three countries are doing work to understand the link between habitat and aquatic populations. In the United States, this work is focused toward an improved understanding of the time series aspects of habitat analysis; in France, toward improved understanding of the structure of habitat in a stream; and in England and Wales, toward improved modelling of the habitat.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Flow simulation | Resource management | Instream flow | Water flow | Aquatic habitats | Wildlife | Fish management | Europe | France | North America | United States | United Kingdom | England | Wales

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