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A mathematical model of salmonid spawning habitat

Posted date: May 14, 2015
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Authors: Havis, Robert N.; Alonzo, Carlos V; King, John G.; Thurow, Russ F.
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Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Water Resources Bulletin. 29(3): 435-444.


A simulation model [Salmonid Spawning Analysis Model (SSAM)I was developed as a management tool to evaluate the relative impacts of stream sediment load and water temperature on salmonid egg survival. The model is for estimating acceptable sediment loads to spawning habitat that may result from upland development, such as logging and agriculture. Software in common use in the USA were adapted for use in gravel bedded rivers and linked to simulate water temperature (the USFWS Instream Water Temperature, SNTEMP model) and water and sediment routing (the USAE Scour and Deposition in Rivers and Reservoirs, HEC-6 model, version 3.2). These models drive the redd (spawning nest) model (the USDA-ABS Sediment Intrusion Dissolved Oxygen SIDO model) which simulates sediment intrusion and dissolved oxygen concentration in the redd environment. The SSAM model predictions of dissolved oxygen and water temperature compared favorably with field data from artificial redds containing hatchery chinook salmon eggs.


Havis, Robert N.; Alonzo, Carlos V.; King, John G.; Thurow, Russell F. 1993. A mathematical model of salmonid spawning habitat. Water Resources Bulletin. 29(3): 435-444.