Robinson Christopher Thomas

Spöl Monitoring

Project Number: CH-6656
Project Type: Permanent/Monitoring_Project
Project Duration: 01/01/2001 - 12/31/2025
Funding Source: other ,
Leading Institution: EAWAG
Project Leader: PD Dr. Christopher Thomas Robinson
Fliessgewässerökologie, Fliessgewässersysteme
Aquatische Ökologie (ECO)
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Phone: +41 (0) 58 765 53 17 ; +41 (0) 58 765 51 32
FAX: +41 (0) 58 765 53 15
e-Mail: christopher.robinson(at)

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Research Areas:

hydrology, limnology, glaciology

environmental flows, e-flows, flood, macroinvertebrates, physico-chemistry, monitoring

The river Spöl in the National Park has been managed for periodic experimental Floods since 2000. Currently, two Floods are implemented per year as part of the regulatory Framework. The experimental Floods have had a positive influence on the Brown trout fishery as well as macroinvertebrate assemblages and habitat Quality. The managed flow program has apparently improved the resilience of the system as demonstrated by a rapid recovery following an accidental Sediment Spill in the river in 2013. The flood program has been put on hold since 2016 in Response to a PCB issue below Punt dal Gal dam (Livigno Reservoir). Experimental Floods also have been implemented in the lower Spöl below Ova Spin Reservoir since 2000 as well to examine various Research questions in river ecology namely related to Sediment Dynamics, large Wood Dynamics, and floodplain ecology.

Leading questions:
What are the ecological Responses of the river Spöl to long-term sequential experimental Floods?

Do experimental Floods increase the ecological resilience of the river Spöl?

Kevic, M., J. Ortlepp, U. Mürle and C.T. Robinson. 2018. Effects of experimental floods in two rivers with contrasting valley morphologies. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 192: 145–160.

Robinson, C.T., A.R. Siebers and J. Ortlepp. 2018. Long-term ecological responses of the River Spöl to experimental floods. Freshwater Science 37:433-447. DOI: 10.1086/699481.

Sertic Peric, M., C. Jolidon, U. Uehlinger, and C.T. Robinson. 2015. Long-term ecological patterns of alpine streams: An imprint of glacial legacies. Limnology and Oceanography 60: 992-1007. DOI: 10/1002/lno.10069.

Olden. J.D., Konrad, C.P., Melis, T.S., Kennard, M.J., Freeman, M.C., Mims, M.C., Bray, E.N., Gido, K.B., Hemphill, N.P., Lytle, D.A., McMullen, L.E., Pyron, M., Robinson, C.T., Schmidt, J.C., and Williams, J.G. 2014. Are large-scale flow experiments informing the science and management of freshwater ecosystems. Front. Ecol. Environ. 12:176-185, DOI:10.1890/130076.

Last update: 5/29/20
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)
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