Rivers of Europe, second edition, presents the latest update on the only primary source of complete and comparative baseline data on the biological and hydrological characteristics of more than 180 of the highest-profile rivers in Europe. With even more full-colour photographs and maps, the book includes conservation information on current patterns of river use and the extent to which human society has exploited and impacted them. Each chapter includes up to 10 featured rivers, with detailed information on their physiography, hydrology, ecology/biodiversity and human impacts. Rivers selected for specific coverage include the largest, the most natural, and those most affected by humans. This book provides the most comprehensive information ecologists and conservation managers need to better assess their management and meet the EU legislative good governance targets.
1. General Overview
2. Volga River Basin
3. Danube River Basin
4. Iberian Rivers
5. Continental Atlantic Rivers
6. Rhine River Basin
7. Rhone River Basin
8. Rivers of the Fenno-Scandinavian Shield
9. Arctic Rivers
10. British and Irish Rivers
11. Rivers of the Balkan
12. Italian Rivers
13. Western Steppic Rivers
14. Rivers of the Central Highlands and Plains
15. Rivers of the Boreal Uplands
16. Baltic and Eastern Continental Rivers
17. Rivers of Anatolia and the Caucasus
18. Ural River Basin
19. Summary and Perspectives
Professor Klement Tockner received a PhD from the University of Vienna. He has special expertise in freshwater biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and river and wetland restoration and management. He has published about 250 scientific papers including more than 180 ISI papers. Klement Tockner has successfully managed large inter- and transdisciplinary projects such as the EC-funded project BioFresh on freshwater biodiversity. He is a member of several scientific committees and advisory boards, and an elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Germany Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
Professor Christiane Zarfl is an Assistant Professor for Environmental Systems Analysis at the Universität Tübingen, a Guest Scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin and a Co-speaker of the Platform "Environmental System Analytics". Her main research interests are in environmental pollution and infrastructure development, especially in freshwater ecosystems. Her research employs mathematical modelling in combination with empirical and experimental data to understand underlying processes and interdependencies.
Dr Christopher Robinson is a senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Dübendorf/Zürich in Switzerland. His main interests are in freshwater biodiversity, disturbance ecology, and ecosystem functioning of alpine rivers and streams.
"This outstanding reference contains an enormous amount of information on characterizing and synthesizing natural features of European rivers and their catchments. Topics in this book include land use, climate hydrology, biodiversity, and environmental issues, such as pollution, fragmentation by dams, introduction of non-native species, and loss of biodiversity [...] I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in rivers."
– Journal of the North American Benthological Society, October 2010, page 1527-9