Impacts of Aquatic and Riparian Environmental Factors on Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) Presence Characteristics in the Nakdong River Basin

낙동강 권역의 하천 수면공간 및 수변환경이 수달의 출현에 미치는 영향분석

  • Shin, Geehoon (Department of Environmental Planning, Keimyung University) ;
  • Rho, Paikho (Department of Environmental Planning, Keimyung University)
  • 신지훈 (계명대학교 환경계획학과) ;
  • 노백호 (계명대학교 환경계획학과)
  • Received : 2017.08.14
  • Accepted : 2017.12.19
  • Published : 2017.12.31


This study aimed to identify the aquatic and riparian factors associated with the presence/absence of the Eurasian otter in the Nakdong river basin, where the species is relatively more abundant than other otter species. Environmental factors and presence records were collected. Geographical Information System technology and chi-square test were used to compare environmental gradients in aquatic and riparian factors between presence and absence sites. Aquatic habitat attributes were evaluated with natural riverside sandbars and channel crossing artificial structures, the ratio of channel width to alluvial plain width, riverbed substrate, and flow diversity. Riverbank characteristics, bank materials, man-made embankment types, and land use/land cover of inland and riverside areas were selected as riparian habitat attributes. Compared to the aquatic attributes, riparian attributes were highly significant when assessing otter presence and absence sites, suggesting that conservation of suitable riparian areas to provide maternity and resting areas for otter species is essential in the Nakdong river basin. None of the aquatic attributes examined were statistically significant when evaluating otter presence or absence. These results indicate that the presence of suitable riparian area for resting and reproduction habitats is more critical to the presence of Eurasian otter than food availability in aquatic areas. To inform implementation of effective conservation actions, broad-scale factors, such as watershed attributes, would be needed to further assess habitat conditions of the Eurasian otter.


Grant : 멸종위기 포유류 3종(사향노루, 산양, 수달)의 종분포모델 및 서식지 적합성지수 모델의 비교연구

Supported by : 한국연구재단


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