While the fundamental ecological processes in reservoirs are in many respects the same as those in natural lakes, there are distinct differences. In particular, reservoirs are more likely to be mesotrophic or eutrophic. The quality of water in reservoirs is in large measure dependent on the loading of nutrients and organic matter, the transport processes in each reservoir, and the mutual interaction of biotic and abiotic processes. The 12 articles on reservoir eutrophication collected in this issue are selected from the papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Reservoir Limnology and Water Quality. They highlight the special character of reservoirs as artificial ecosystems with a variety of sizes and uses (hydroelectric, water supply, flood control, etc) and consequently with a variety of water quality requirements. The emphasis is on the loadings of phosphorus and other nutrients, from external sources and internal cycles, and the biological responses. Reservoir limnology is an applied science with a strong orientation to problem solving - dealing with algal blooms, weed growths, tastes and odours, etc. These proceedings provide insight into the basic ecology of reservoir systems and will interest both the research community and those involved in the design and operation of such facilities.
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