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Fluvial Hydrosystems: A Holistic Approach to River and Floodplain Ecosystems


Edited By: G Petts and C Amoros

322 pages, 97 illus

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #30308 | ISBN: 0412371006
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This pioneering text integrates ecological perspectives with geomorphological aspects of rivers, streams and other freshwater ecosystems. It takes a functional and holistic approach to the subject.

'Students of environmental science, ecology, geomorphology and civil engineering will all benefit from this textbook.' Water Bulletin 'After reading it, I pondered for a long time over what made it good and finally concluded that in this case it was the whole instead of the parts. The text is very well written, easy to read and comprehend, interesting in its presentation, practically void of mathematical equations, and contains an excellent reference listing of over 500 publications. in conclusion, I highly recommend this book for anyone working in the water resource field who esires a better understanding of large river systems. All of us can learn from this book, and it will become a valuable addition to one's library, used frequently, and will not sit gathering dust.' Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 34:3 (1998)


The conceptual basis. Catchment hydrology. Hydrological and hydrochemical dynamics. Fluvial dynamics. Hydrogeomorphological structure of hydrosystes. Primary production. Aquaticinvertebrates. Fish populations. Spatial patterns. Ecological succession. Human Impacts. The hydrosystem concept appled to river management.

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