Estimation of spur dike-affected fish habitat area

Ray Shyan Wu, Yan Ru Chen, Yi Liang Ge

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Based on the HEC-RAS and River 2D modes, and taking 5% change rate of weighted usable area(WUA) as the threshold to define the spur dike-affected area of target fish species Acrossocheilus paradoxus in Fazi River in Taiwan, this paper studied the affected area of the fish habitat by spur dike, and, in combining with the references about the installations of spur dikes in Taiwan in recent 10 years, analyzed the relative importance of related affecting factors such as dike height, dike length(water block rate), average slope gradient of river way, single or double spur dike, and flow discharge. In spite of the length of the dike, the affected area in downstream was farther, and was about 2-6 times as large as that in upstream. The ratio of the affected area in downstream / upstream decreased with increasing slope gradient, but increased with increasing dike length and flow discharge. When the discharge was approximate to 10 years return periods, the ratio of the affected area would be close to a constant of 2. Building double spur dike would produce a better WUA than building single spur dike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-930
Number of pages8
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Habitat
  • HEC-RAS mode
  • River 2D mode
  • Spur dike
  • Weighted usable area


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