Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Ecosystems

Martin Kernan, Rick Battarbee (ECRC) and Brian Moss (University of Liverpool) are co-editors of the book 'Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Ecosystems' based on work undertaken in the EU FP6 project Euro-limpacs. It examines the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems - past, present and future.

book cover imageThe book especially considers the interactions between climate change and other drivers of change including hydromorphological modification, nutrient loading, acid deposition and contamination by toxic substances using evidence from palaeolimnology, time-series analysis, space-for-time substitution, laboratory and field experiments and process modelling. The book evaluates these processes in relation to extreme events, seasonal changes in ecosystems, trends over decadal-scale time periods, mitigation strategies and ecosystem recovery.

The book is also concerned with how aspects of hydrophysical, hydrochemical and ecological change can be used as early indicators of climate change in aquatic ecosystems and it addresses the implications of future climate change for freshwater ecosystem management at the catchment scale.

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