Stream Ecology

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The researches focus on the ecological functioning and biological diversity of water courses. Attention is given to the formal description of the relationships between the physical habitats and the aquatic communities both for natural and regulated rivers. Main task of these researches is the development of basic knowledge to be used for the development of stream restoration and monitoring procedures.

More recently specific researches are finalised to investigate the quality of the Amu Darya river (Central Asia) with particular attention to the flow-salinity relationships and the implications for the human uses of the waters.

This project is supported by financial support of EU-INTAS.

Click on the map of the Amu Darja region to see a movie of the Aral Sea dessiccation from 1960 to 1996:download freely Quick Time to start. 

(The digital elevation map produced by NOAA National Data Center; movie from the Aral Sea home page)


  1. Crosa G. and Cotta Ramusino M. 1988. A note on the problem of using biological surveys to assess water quality in small alpine torrents. Regulated Rivers. Research and management, 2: 175-178. 

  2. Cotta Ramusino M., Buffagni A. and Crosa G. 1994. Habitat analysis in a subalpine river under different conditions of current flow and depth. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol., 25(3): 1765-1767. 

  3. Galli P., Crosa G. and Occhipinti Ambrogi A. 1998. Heavy metal concentrations in Acanthocephalans parasites compared to their fish host. Chemosphere, 37(14-15): 2983-22988. 

  4. Harper D.,  Smith C., Kemp J. and Crosa G. 1998. The use of ‘functional habitats’ in the conservation, management and rehabilitation of rivers. In: Bretschko G. and  Helesic, J. (Eds), Advances in River Bottom Ecology.  Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands pp. 315-326.

  5. Kemp J.L., Harper D.M. and Crosa G. 1999. Use of Functional Habitats to Link Ecology with Morphology and Hydrology in River Rehabilitation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 9(1): 159-178.

  6. Buffagni A., Crosa G., Harper DH. and Kemp J. 2000. Using macroinvertebrate species assemblages to identify river channel habitat units: an application of the functional habitats concept to a large, unpolluted Italian river (River Ticino, northern Italy). Hydrobiologia, 435(1/3): 213-225.

  7. Kemp J.L., Harper D.M. and Crosa G. 2000. The habitat-scale ecohydraulics of rivers. Ecological Engineering, 16(1): 17-29.

  8. Galli P., Crosa G., Bertoglio S., Mariniello L., Ortis M. and D’Amelio S. 2001. Populations of Lamproglena pulchella von Nordmann, 1832 (Copepoda: Eudactylinidae) in cyprinid fish in rivers with different pollution levels. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 17: 93-96.

  9. Vismara R., Azzellino A., Bosi R., Crosa G. and Renoldi M. 2001. Habitat Suitability Curves for Brown trout (Salmo trutta fario L.) in the River Adda, Northern Italy. Regulated River Research and Management, 17(1): 37-50.

  10. Galli P., Crosa G., Mariniello L., Ortis M. and D'Amelio D. 2001. Water quality as a determinant of the composition of fish parasite communities. Hydrobiologia, 452: 173-179.

  11. Kemp J.L. , Harper D.M. and Crosa G. 2002. A deeper understanding of river habitat-scale ecohydraulics: interpreting the relationship between habitat type, depth and velocity using knowledge of sediment dynamics and macrophyte growth. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, 2: 271-282.

  12. Crosa G, Stefani F, Bianchi C, Fumagalli A. (2006): Water security in Uzbekistan: implication of return waters on the Amu Darya water quality. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 13:37-42.

  13. Crosa, G, Froebrich, J, Nikolayenko, V, Stefani, F, Galli, P, Calamari, D. (2006) Spatial and seasonal variations in the water quality of the Amu Darya River (Central Asia). Water Res. 40: 2237-2245.

  14. Crosa G. and Zaccara S. In press. Key aspects of the water quality variability in the Amu Darya River upstream the Tuyamun hydroengineering complex. Water Resources.

  15. Brambilla, F., Lalumera, G., Terova, G., Crosa, G., Saroglia, M., 2007. Inflow and outflow water quality control in coastal aquaculture systems: a case of study. Aquaculture Research. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2007.01834.x

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