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Alpine Waters

Series: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Volume: 6

Edited By: Ulrich Bundi

292 pages, 56 black & white illustrations, 32 colour illustrations, 56 black & whit


Hardback | Jan 2010 | #184166 | ISBN-13: 9783540882749
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Most of the world's mountains are rich in water and, as such, play a pivotal role in the global water cycle. They provide water for diverse human uses and ecosystems. Growing water demands as well as climate change will lead to ever-increasing pressure on mountain waters. Overcoming water-use conflicts and maintaining the ecological functioning of mountain waters presents a highly challenging task and is indispensable for sustainable development.

This book extensively portrays the highly diverse attributes of mountain waters and demonstrates their paramount importance for ecological and societal development. The extensive summaries on the scientific basics of mountain waters are supplemented with considerations on the diverse water uses, needs for management actions, and challenges regarding sustainable water management. This overview concerns not only the mountain areas themselves but also downriver reaches and their surrounding lowlands, and, therefore, the relationship between mountain and lowland water issues.

Aus den Rezensionen: "... Das englische Fachbuch ! portratiert die unterschiedlichen Eigenschaften, ebenso wie die unterschiedlichen Nutzungsanspruche alpiner Gewasser. Die enorme Bedeutung von Wasser fur Berggebiete und deren gesellschaftliche Entwicklung wird erlautert, notwendige Massnahmen bzw mogliche Herausforderungen des kunftigen Gewassermanagements thematisiert. ... All diese Themen werden umfassend und in hoher Qualitat abgehandelt. ! Die Publikation thematisiert zwar unterschiedliche Bergregionen weltweit, doch liegt der Fokus klar auf den Gewassern der Alpen. Die Publikation richtet sich an Forschende, Fachleute im Bereich Gewasser, Entscheidungstrager, Verwaltung sowie lnteressierte."


Synthesis: features of alpine waters and management concernsUlrich Bundi Part I Alpine Water Resources General Characteristics of Alpine WatersBernhard Wehren, Rolf Weingartner, Bruno Schadler, Daniel Viviroli Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Alpine Regions of SwitzerlandBruno Schadler and Rolf Weingartner Human InterventionsBernhard Wehren, Bruno Schadler, Rolf Weingartner Part II Biogeochemistry and Pollution of Alpine Waters Water Chemistry of Swiss Alpine RiversJurg Zobrist Effect of acid deposition on chemistry and biology of high Alpine lakesS.M. Steingruber, L. Colombo Alpine Glaciers as archives of atmospheric depositionM. Schwikowski, A. Eichler Persistent Organic Contaminants in Alpine WatersJohn N. Westgate, Frank Wania Part III Ecology of Alpine Waters Water Sources and Habitat of Alpine StreamsA.M. Milner, J.E. Brittain, L.E. Brown, D.M. Hannah Biodiversity of Flora and Fauna in Alpine WatersC.T. Robinson, B. Kawecka, L. Fureder, A. Peter Part IV Case Studies Integrated environmental management of hydropower operation under conditions of market liberalizationBernhard Truffer Downstream Relevance of Reservoir Management Alfred Wuest A plea for the restoration of Alpine rivers: basic principles derived from the "Rhone-Thur" case studyArmin Peter Water Management Challenges in Himalayan WatershedsHans Schreier

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