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Modeling the hydromechanical solution for maintaining fish migration continuity at coastal structures

Guiot de la Rochère, Léo and Cassan, Ludovic and Belaud, Gilles Modeling the hydromechanical solution for maintaining fish migration continuity at coastal structures. (2020) Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 146 (12). 04020036. ISSN 0733-9437

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0001510


To promote water control in coastal areas developed for agriculture, tidal hydraulic structures (doors and flap gates) are used for the hydraulic management of irrigation and drainage networks. By closing when the water level increases due to the tide, they prevent sea water inflow. However, fish using the tidal wave to move forward (e.g., glass eels) are also blocked from accessing the hydrologic network. There are hydromechanical solutions to mitigate these problems, such as adding a wooden block to leave an opening at high tide or adding a spring to delay the closing of the structure. The latter solution allows the structure to remain open only during a part of high tide. Designed empirically, these solutions can either alter the hydraulic control performance or be insufficiently effective for fish passage. This study proposes an operating model approach for hydromechanical structures that takes these passage solutions into account. This approach makes it possible to evaluate the performance of the passage solutions for fish passage and hydraulic regulation. With the help of these models, it is possible to design solutions that ensure a compromise between the passability of fish species and agricultural uses.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03320900
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > AgroParisTech (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique - CIRAD (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement - INRAE (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - IRD (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Office français de la biodiversité - OFB (FRANCE)
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Office français de la biodiversité - OFB (France)
Deposited On:19 Jul 2021 08:45

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