The present conditions of the Dittaino River were investigated by using tools addressing different components of the IDRAIM (stream hydro-morphological evaluation, analysis, and monitoring system) procedure. After the segmentation of the river, the Morphological Quality Index (MQI) and the Morphological Dynamic Index (MDI) were assessed to analyze its morphological quality and to classify the degree of channel dynamics related to progressive changes occurring in the relative long-term (i.e., 50–100 years), respectively. The results show that 45% and 22% of the analyzed reaches (mainly located in highest zones of the hydrographic network) were, respectively, of high and good quality. The MQI class decreased to good and then to moderate in the downstream direction, and two reaches were of poor class. The highest MDI classes were also mainly identified in the highest zones of the hydrographic network. Some limitations (i.e., the elevated number of indicators, as well as their simplification) and strengths (i.e., the easy applicability to a large number of reaches) were identified during the application of the MQI method to the Dittaino River.

Licciardello F., Barbagallo S., Muratore S.M., Toscano A., Giuffrida E.R., Cirelli G.L. (2021). Hydro-morphological assessment of dittaino river, eastern sicily, Italy. WATER, 13(18), 1-21 [10.3390/w13182499].

Hydro-morphological assessment of dittaino river, eastern sicily, Italy

Toscano A.;
2021

Abstract

The present conditions of the Dittaino River were investigated by using tools addressing different components of the IDRAIM (stream hydro-morphological evaluation, analysis, and monitoring system) procedure. After the segmentation of the river, the Morphological Quality Index (MQI) and the Morphological Dynamic Index (MDI) were assessed to analyze its morphological quality and to classify the degree of channel dynamics related to progressive changes occurring in the relative long-term (i.e., 50–100 years), respectively. The results show that 45% and 22% of the analyzed reaches (mainly located in highest zones of the hydrographic network) were, respectively, of high and good quality. The MQI class decreased to good and then to moderate in the downstream direction, and two reaches were of poor class. The highest MDI classes were also mainly identified in the highest zones of the hydrographic network. Some limitations (i.e., the elevated number of indicators, as well as their simplification) and strengths (i.e., the easy applicability to a large number of reaches) were identified during the application of the MQI method to the Dittaino River.
2021
Licciardello F., Barbagallo S., Muratore S.M., Toscano A., Giuffrida E.R., Cirelli G.L. (2021). Hydro-morphological assessment of dittaino river, eastern sicily, Italy. WATER, 13(18), 1-21 [10.3390/w13182499].
Licciardello F.; Barbagallo S.; Muratore S.M.; Toscano A.; Giuffrida E.R.; Cirelli G.L.
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