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The Riverscape and the River

The Riverscape and the River

by S. M. Haslam
     
 

The study of water in the landscape is a new and rapidly expanding field. Rivers make riverscapes (even if the rivers are frozen) and riverscapes then determine the rivers: except for the ever-increasing human impact. Dr Haslam examines how the quantity, function and ecology of water changes as it moves from watershed to river. The development of river and

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The study of water in the landscape is a new and rapidly expanding field. Rivers make riverscapes (even if the rivers are frozen) and riverscapes then determine the rivers: except for the ever-increasing human impact. Dr Haslam examines how the quantity, function and ecology of water changes as it moves from watershed to river. The development of river and riverscape, their ecology, the effect of human activities (such as water abstractions, flood control and management for recreational use) and water resources are described both in principle and using case histories. Contrasting examples are given from across the world, including Iceland, Hungary, Malta, Britain and the USA, which enables understanding of how water and riverscape interact with each other, and with human impact. The study, development and loss of water resources are also described, including the extreme example of Malta, whose clean water now depends solely on oil imports. This innovative book is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals, but is also accessible to anyone interested in how water and riverscape interact.

About the Author:
Dr S. M. Haslam is a Fresh Water Ecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There is much to learn from this book about the many factors that influence riverscapes and the myriad different types of rivers and catchments."
Mark Young, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 2008

"This volume will be invaluable to readers searching for a cultural perspective on rivers through time."
J.H. Thorp, III, Choice

"... there is much to be learned from the body of work presented."
Alexander K. Fremier, Ecology

"...packed full of diverse and significant information. For the naturalist with a keen interest in water, and with the time and focus required to work through the dense and complex content. The Riverscape and the River provides a wealth of subject matter for understanding and appreciating the nature of contemporary rivers and riverscapes." The Canadian Field-Naturalist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107407473
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Dr S. M. Haslam is a fresh water ecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University.

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