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Ecological Effects of Water-Level Fluctuations in Lakes 2008 Edition
Contributor(s): Wantzen, Karl M. (Editor), Rothhaupt, Karl-Otto (Editor), Mortl, Martin (Editor)

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ISBN: 1402091915     ISBN-13: 9781402091919
Publisher: Springer
OUR PRICE: $265.99  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2008

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Science | Earth Sciences - Limnology
- Science | Life Sciences - Ecology
Dewey: 577
Series: Developments in Hydrobiology (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 7.6" W x 10.2" (1.40 lbs) 184 pages
- Topical - Ecology
Features: Annotated, Bibliography, Illustrated, Maps, Table of Contents
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Most aquatic ecosystems have variable water levels. These water-level fluctuations (WLF) have multiple effects on the organisms above and below the waterline. Natural WLF patterns in lakes guarantee both productivity and biodiversity, while untimely floods and droughts may have negative effects. Human impacts on WLF have led to a stabilization of the water levels of many lakes by hydraulic regulation, untimely drawdown due to water use, or floods due to water release from hydropower plants in the catchments. This book provides a first review in this field. It presents selected papers on the ecological effects of WLF in Lakes, resulting from a workshop at the University of Konstanz in winter 2005. Issues addressed here include the extent of WLF, and analyses of their effects on different groups of biota from microorganisms to vertebrates. Applied issues include recommendations for the hydrologic management of regulated lakes to reduce negative impacts, and a conceptual framework is delivered by an extension of the floodpulse concept for lakes. Current impacts on water use, including increasing demands on drinking- and irrigation water, hydropower etc, and the climatic change effects on the WLF make this book an essential lecture for aquatic ecologists, engineers, and decision takers dealing with the management of lake ecosystems and their catchments.
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