Computer Aided Simulation Model for Instream Flow and Ripariagerman flag

Applications of the CASiMiR Model

Minimum Flow Studies

picture of fish habitat simulation using casimir

In the assessment of water withdrawals from rivers, particularly when considering the impacts of hydropower plants, the determination of ecologically sound flow rates is necessary in order to guarantee the proper functioning of the riverine ecosystem. Habitat models can be helpful in the quantitative assesment of environmental impacts during periods of low flow. Problems can be identified and key flow rates during critical periods (eg hatching and spawning) can be assigned to ensure the ecological system remains intact. In particular, the interplay between morphologic characteristics and flow rate, namely the impact of structural upgrades to the habitats can be investigated.

More information regarding the use of CASiMiR Fish for minimum flow studies can be found in the accompanying .pdf.