248 pages, 100 illus
Lakes and coastal wetlands are transitional areas between dry terrestrial and permanent aquatic ecosystems and are recognized as highly productive, playing a vital role in the global ecosystems. Their importance has been recognized in the maintenance of biodiversity, ecology, hydrology and recreation. However, rapid development and population growth in coastal areas as well as environmental degradation and over exploitation erode the biodiversity and undermine the productivity of these unique ecosystems.
Over 200 rivers and lakes in the world are shared by two or more countries, a testament of their international importance. Various efforts are currently underway to develop technologies and systems for successful management of lakes and coastal wetlands both at national and international levels. However, conflicting interests in the use of their resources have led to further worsening of the problems facing lakes and coastal wetlands. Therefore, an earnest attempt has been made in this book to find ways for restoration, conservation and management of lakes and coastal wetlands.
This book would be very useful to the AGU community, including students, as it offers a fresh perspective on lake and coastal environment issues that tend to be unique in many aspects due to differences in biophysical and socioeconomic settings. Solutions to problems related to these issues can therefore be novel and informative to those working on lakes in different settings. Eric Odada, EOS Newletter, 20 January 2009
Eco-Restoration Impact on Fishery Biodiversity and Population Structure in Chilika Lake S.K. Mohanty, K.S. Bhatta, Rajeeb K. Mohanty , S. Mishra, A. Mohapatra and A.K. Pattnaik Biodiversity Assessment of Algae of Chilika Lake, East Coast of India J. Rath and S. P. Adhikary Mercury Resistant Bacillus Cereus Isolated from the Pulicat Lake Sediment, North Chennai Coastal Region, South East India S.Kamala Kannan, S. Mahadevan and R. Krishnamoorthy Mercury Pollution in Vembanadu Lake and Adjoining Muvattupuzha River, Kerala, India Mahesh Mohan and P. K. Omana Sediment Dispersion in the Bay of Bengal P.K.Mohanty, Y. Pradhan, S. R. Nayak, U.S. Panda and G.N. Mohapatra Spatial Heterogeneity of Biogeochemical Parameters in a Subtropical Lake Ilia Ostrovsky and Assaf Sukenik Mixing and Internal Waves in a Small Stratified Indian Lake: Subhas Sarobar R. Samal, Klaus D. Johnk, Frank Peeters, Erich Bauerle and Asis Mazumdar Physical Processes in Large Lakes Yerubandi R. Rao and Raj C. Murthy Modelling Coastal Ecology Girija Jayaraman and Anumeha Dube Adaptation to Salinity Change Induced by Sea-Level Rise in Hinuma Lake, Japan Hisamichi Nobuoka and Nobuo Mimura Numerical Simulation of Salinity Structure in Chilika Lake A. Dube, G. Jayaraman, A. D. Rao and P.K. Mohanty The Role of Benthos and Epiphyte on the Material Cycle in Akkeshi Lake, Japan Michio J. Kishi, Yuko Oshima The Effect of Freshwater Discharge on the Coastal Ocean Circulation off Orissa A.D. Rao, Sujata Dash and S.V. Babu Reef - An Ecofriendly and Cost Effective Hard Option for Coastal Conservation Kiran G. Shirlal, Subba Rao, Radheshyam B, Venkata Ganesh Lake Chilika: GIS and the Challenge of Spatial Management Geoffrey J. Meaden Mapping Lagoonal Features and Their Variability: Field Observations and Remote Sensing Implications U.S. Panda, P.K. Mohanty, S.R. Pal, G.N. Mohapatra, P. Mishra and G. Jayaraman Assessment and Monitoring the Coastal Wetland Ecology Using RS & GIS with Reference to Bhitarkanika Mangroves of Orissa, India Chiranjibi Pattanaik, Ch. Sudhakar Reddy, M. S. R. Murthy and D. Swain Morphodynamics of Godavari Tidal Inlets Sarika Jain, P.N. Sridhar, B. Veera Narayan and A. Surendran
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