Ecology of Fresh Waters A View for the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 1405113324

ISBN-13: 9781405113328

Edition: 4th 2010

Authors: Brian R. Moss

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This will be a new edition of an established textbook of freshwater ecology. Brian Moss has a rather particular and individual approach to the subject, stressing the influence of human activities in the shaping of freshwater ecosystem structure and function. Whilst this viewpoint may have been a little radical 10 years ago, it is now particularly apt in the current climate of interest in global issues. It will also complement well the more traditional textbook of limnology that we will be publishing in 1992. In the new edition Brian Moss will continue to stress the human influence, making use of the wealth of data available since publication of the second edition on pollution, water management, and conservation. These issues will be integrated into the book as a whole and not relegated to a single section as occurs with many other books. The book will be read by undergraduates taking courses in aquatic and freshwater ecology and postgraduate students in these areas.
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List price: $102.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

BRIAN MOSS is Professor of Botany at the University of Liverpool. His researches in freshwater biology have been carried out in Europe, Africa and the USA. During 17 years at the University of East Anglia, he modernised understanding of the ecological problems of the Norfolk Broads. Currently he is concerned with the restoration of polluted lakes. Previous books include Ecology of Freshwaters, now in its 3rd edition.

Further Reading
Water, a remarkable unremarkable substance
The molecular properties of water and their physical consequences
How much water is there and where is it?
Patterns in hydrology
Bodies of water and their temperatures
Lakes and latitude
Viscosity of water, fluid dynamics and the diffusion of gases
Further Reading
Why the chemistry of water is so important
Polar and covalent compounds
The atmosphere
Major ions
Global patterns in major ions: glaciation and endorheism
Open and closed basins
The big picture
Further Reading
More water chemistry: the key nutrients, trace elements and organic matter
Concepts of limiting substances
Pristine concentrations
Trace elements and silicon
Organic substances
Patterns in DOM availability
Substance budgets
Sediment-water relationships
Further Reading
Light thrown upon the waters
From above to under the water
From physics and chemistry to biology
Further Reading
Evolution and diversity of freshwater organisms
The ecological theatre and the evolutionary play
The freshwater biota
Living in freshwaters
Dispersal among freshwaters
Patterns in freshwater diversity
The fish of Lake Victoria
Low diversity freshwater habitats
A summary of the freshwater biota and its problems
Further Reading
Headwater streams and rivers
General models of stream ecosystems
A basic lesson in stream flow
Flow and discharge
Laminar and turbulent flow
Particles carried
The response of stream organisms to shear stress
Community composition in streams
Algal and plant communities
Streams in cold climates: the polar and alpine zones
Stream systems in the cold temperate zone
Warm temperate streams
Desert streams
Tropical streams
Further Reading
Uses, misuses and restoration of headwater streams and rivers
Traditional use of headwater river systems
Commercial afforestation
Engineering impacts
Alterations of the fish community by man
Sewage, toxic pollution and their treatment
Diffuse pollution
River monitoring
The Water Framework Directive
Implementation of the Directive
Wider considerations: ecosystem services
Restoration, rehabilitation and reconciliation ecology
Reconciliation ecology of river systems
Further Reading
Middle stage and depositional floodplain rivers
Change from an erosive river to a depositional one
Submerged plants
Growth of submerged plants
Methods of measuring the primary productivity of submerged plants
Submerged plants and the river ecosystem
Further downstream swamps and floodplains
Swamp and marsh animals
Whitefish and blackfish
Latitudinal differences in floodplains
Further Reading
Floodplain ecosystems and human affairs
Floodplain services
Floodplain fisheries
Floodplain swamps and human diseases
Case studies
River and floodplain management and rehabilitation
Interbasin transfers and water needs
Further Reading
Lakes and other standing waters
The origins of lake basins
Lake structure
The importance of the catchment area
Lakes as autotrophic or heterotrophic systems
The continuum of lakes
Lake history
Filling in
Summing up
Further Reading
The communities of shallow standing waters: mires, shallow lakes and the littoral zone
The scope of mires and littoral zones
The structure of littoral communities
Heterotrophs among the plants
Linkages, risks and insurances among the littoral communities
Latitude and littorals
The role of the nekton
Further reading
Plankton communities of the pelagic zone
Kitchens and toilets
Heterotrophs in the plankton: viruses and bacteria
Protozoa and fungi
Fish in the open-water community
Piscivores and piscivory
Functioning of the open-water community
Further Reading
The profundal zone
The end of the line
The importance of oxygen
Profundal communities
Biology of selected benthic invertebrates
What the sediment-living detritivores really eat
Influence of the open water community on the profundal benthos
Further Reading
The uses, abuses and restoration of standing waters
Services provided by standing waters
Changes in fisheries: two case studies
Fish culture
Stillwater angling
Amenity culture and the aquarium trade
Domestic water supply, eutrophication and reservoirs
Eutrophication human induced changes in the production of lakes
Dams and reservoirs
Fisheries in new lakes
Effects downstream of the new lake
New tropical lakes and human populations
Man-made tropical lakes, the balance of pros and cons
Amenity and conservation
Restoration approaches for standing waters: symptom treatment
Treatment of proximate causes: nutrient control
Habitat creation
Further Reading
Climate change and the future of freshwaters
The Merchant of Venice
Climate change
Existing effects of freshwaters
Future effects
Control and mitigation of global warming
The remedy of ultimate causes
Further Reading
Problem exercises
Catchments and water chemistry
The Vollenweider model
Nutrient budgeting
Light penetration
Problems with a frog
Predation in streams
Deforestation and tropical streams
Swamp habitats and insect adaptations
Ecosystem valuation in a floodplain
Top down and bottom up control in shallow and deep lakes
Palatability of aquatic plants to fish
The plankton of paddling pools
Probing the profundal
The curse of birds for lake managers
Nutrient problems in tricky situations
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