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This book provides a broad and well-integrated overview of recent major scientific results in wetland science and their applications in natural resource management issues. The contributors, internationally known experts, summarize the state of the art on an array of topics, divided into four broad areas: The Role of Wetlands for Integrated Water Resources Management: Putting Theory into Practice; Wetland Science for Environmental Management; Wetland Biogeochemistry; Wetlands and Climate Change Worldwide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540331865
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Series: Ecological Studies Series, #190
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Wetland Functioning in a Changing World: Implications for Natural Resources Management

J.T.A. Verhoeven, B. Beltman, D.F. Whigham, R. Bobbink

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Clarity on Wetlands and Water Use

1.3 Wetlands and Environmental Flows

1.4 Wetlands and Water Quality

1.5 Biogeochemical Insights

1.6 Wetlands and River Fisheries

1.7 Wetlands and Climate Change

1.8 Further Developments in Wetland Science and its Applications


Section I The Role of Wetlands for Integrated Water Resources Management: Putting Theory into Practice

2 Restoring Lateral Connections Between Rivers and Floodplains: Lessons from Rehabilitation Projects

H. Coops, K. Tockner, C. Amoros, T. Hein, G. Quinn

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Threatened Life at the Aquatic—Terrestrial Interface

2.3 Reconnecting Side-Channels Along the Rhône (France)

2.4 Rehabilitation of Side-Channels of the River Danube (Austria)

2.5 ‘Environmental Flows’ for Rehabilitating Floodplain Wetlands (Australia)

2.6 Lessons from Rehabilitation Projects


3 Sustainable Agriculture and Wetlands

F. Rijsberman, S. de Silva

3.1 Agriculture and Wetlands: Introduction

3.2 Water for Food, Water for Environment

3.2.1 "Ecosystems Produce the Water Used by Agriculture"

3.2.2 "Irrigated Agriculture Uses 70% of the World’s Water"

3.2.3 "Water Scarcity: Fact or Fiction?"

3.3 Producing More Rice With Less Water

3.4 Towards a Dialogue Among Agronomists and Environmentalists

3.4.1 Water, Food and Environment Issues in Attapeu Province, Lao PDR

3.5 Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Wetlands

3.6 Conclusions: Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Wetlands?


4 Sustainable Water Management by using Wetlands in Catchments with Intensive Land Use

C. Yin, B. Shan, Z. Mao

4.1 Semi-Natural Wetlands Created by Humans Before the Industrial Age

4.2 Water Regulation by the Multipond Systems

4.2.1 Research Site Description

4.2.2 The Regulation Process for the Crop Water Supply by the Pond System

4.3 Other Ecological Functions of Ancient Semi-Natural Wetlands in a Modern Scientific Context

4.3.1 Sediment Retention Within the Watershed

4.3.2 Nutrient Retention and Recyling

4.3.3 Landscape Complexity and Biological Diversity

4.4 Wetlands and Human Activities in Harmony

4.5 Protection of Semi-Natural Wetlands Together with Natural Wetlands


Section II Wetland Science for Environmental Management

5 Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

J. Vymazal, M. Greenway, K. Tonderski, H. Brix, Ü. Mander

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Free Water Surface Constructed Wetlands

5.2.1 Free Water Surface Wetlands for Treatment of Wastewater and Non-Point Source Pollution in Sweden

5.2.2 The Role of Wetlands in Effluent Treatment and Potential Water Reuse in Subtropical and Arid Australia

5.3 Constructed Wetlands with Horizontal Sub-Surface Flow

5.4 Constructed Wetlands with Vertical Sub-Surface Flow

5.4.1 Danish Experience with Vertical Flow Constructed Wetlands

5.4.2 Constructed Wetlands with No Outflow

5.5 Hybrid Constructed Wetlands

5.6 Trace Gas Fluxes from Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

5.7 Conclusion


6 Tools for Wetland Ecosystem Resource Management in East Africa: Focus on the Lake Victoria Papyrus Wetlands

S. Loiselle, A. Cózar, A. van Dam, F. Kansiime, P. Kelderman, M. Saunders, S. Simonit

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Wetlands and Inorganic Carbon Retention

6.3 Wetlands and Nutrient Retention

6.4 Wetlands and Eutrophication

6.5 Ecological Modelling

6.6 Discussion

6.7 Conclusion


7 Predicting the Water Requirements of River Fisheries

R.L. Welcomme, C. Bene, C.A. Brown, A. Arthington, P. Dugan, J.M. King, V. Sugunan

7.1 Introduction

7.2 The Hydrological Regime and Fisheries in Rivers

7.2.1 Fish Responses to River Flow

7.2.2 What River?

7.2.3 Linkages Between Hydrological Regime and Fish Catch

7.3 The Social and Economic Role of River Fisheries

7.4 Methods for Estimation of Environmental Flow Requirements

7.5 Guidelines for the Selection and/or Development of Tools for Determining Environmental Flows for Rivers and Wetlands

7.5.1 Legislation, Policy, and Practice Supporting Environmental Flows Should Focus on People

7.5.2 There is a Need to Understand the Ecosystem First, Before the Impacts on People can be Predicted

7.5.3 There is No Such Thing as a Single Flow with a Single Flow Condition

7.5.4 Tradeoffs are an Integral Part of Decision-Making and Scenario Generation is Vital

7.5.5 The River Ecosystem and Its Flow Regime Must be Compartmentalized to Provide the Required Scenario Information

7.5.6 Present-Day Conditions Offer the Best Starting Point

7.5.7 Methods Should be Usable in Both Data-Rich and Data-Poor Situations

7.5.8 Uncertainty is a Reality — Adaptive Management is Crucial

7.5.9 Implementation is Central to Promoting and Improving Environmental Flows

7.6 Discussion and Conclusion


8 Water Management and Wise Use of Wetlands: Enhancing productivity

R.L. Welcomme, R.E. Brummet, P. Denny, M.R. Hasan, R.C. Kaggwa, J. Kipkemboi, N.S. Mattson, V.V. Sugunan, K.K. Vass

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Trends in Capture Fisheries

8.2.1 Increasing Pressure — Decreasing Catch

8.2.2 Fisheries Management

8.3 Methods for the Enhancement of Inland Fisheries

8.3.1 Species Introductions

8.3.2 Sking

8.3.3 Extensive Culture Methods

8.4 Social and Economic Implications

8.5 Discussion


Section III Wetland Biogeochemistry

9 Hydrological Processes, Nutrient Flows and Patterns of Fens and Bogs

W. Bleuten, W. Borren, P.H. Glaser, T. Tsuchihara, E.D. Lapshina, M. Mäkilä, D. Siegel, H. Joosten, M.J. Wassen

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Apprearance of Pristine Fens and Bogs

9.2.1 General

9.2.2 Climate and Mire Vegetation of the Western Siberian Taiga

9.3 Hydrology of Bogs: Examples from Canada, United States and Western Siberia

9.3.1 Aspects of Large-Scale Hydrology

9.3.2 Local Scale Hydrology of Bogs

9.3.3 Modeling a Western Siberian Bog

9.4 Fens: Analysis of a Large Pristine Fen in the River Ob Valley

9.4.1. General

9.4.2 Vegetation, Nutrients and Productivity

9.4.3 Hydrology and Modeling

9.4.4 Hydro-Ecological Integration

9.5 Discussion and Conclusion


10 Ecological Aspects of Microbes and Microbial Communities Inhabiting the Rhizosphere of Wetland Plants

P.L.E. Bodelier, P. Frenzel, H. Drake, K. Küsel, T. Hurek, B. Reinhold-Hurek, C. Lovell, P. Megonigal, B. Sorrell

10.1 Introduction

10.2 The Microbial Habitat in the Wetland Rhizosphere

10.2.1 Root Structure and Function

10.2.2 Oxygen Distribution within Roots

10.2.3 Oxygen Concentrations and Fluxes in the Rhizosphere

10.3 Survival Strategies of Anaerobes in the Oxic Rhizosphere: Acetogens as an Example

10.4 Functional Diversity and Activity of Free-Living N2-Fixing Bacteria

10.5 Microbial Community Stability in Response to Manipulation of the Vegetation

10.6 Wetland Roots as Hotspots of Microbial Iron-Cycling

10.6.1 Wetland Rhizosphere Ferrous Wheels: Introduction

10.6.2 Rhizosphere Fe(III) Reduction

10.6.3 Rhizosphere Fe(II) Oxidation

10.6.4 Rhizosphere Fe(II) Oxidation Scaled to Ecosystems

10.7 Methane-Processing Microbes in Wetland Rhizospheres

10.7.1 Italian (Vercelli) Rice Soil as a Model System

10.7.2 Microbes and Microbial Processes

10.7.3 The Controls

10.8 Summary and Prospects


11 Linkages Between Microbial Community Composition and Biogeochemical Processes Across Scales

A. Ogram, S. Bridgham, R. Corstanje, H. Drake, K. Küsel, A. Mills, S. Newman, K. Portier, R. Wetzel (deceased)

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Microbial Controls on Decomposition

11.2.1 Decomposition of Plant Matter in Wetlands

11.2.2 Microbial Enzyme Activities as Indicators of Controls on Decomposition

11.3 Linking Decomposition with Microbial Community Composition

11.3.1 Anaerobic Carbon Cycle

11.3.2 Controls over CO2:CH4 Ratios in Anaerobic Respiration in Wetlands

11.3.3 Sulfate and Iron Reduction as Important Routes for Mineralization in Fens

11.3.4 Linking Community Composition with Nutrient Status in Wetlands

11.3.5 Plant-Associated Microbial Communities Across Lanscapes

11.4 Linking Microbial Community Structure and Function with Environmental Parameters

11.4.1 Case Study: a Northern Everglades Marsh System


Section IV Wetlands and Climate Change Worldwide

12 Coastal Wetland Vulnerability to Relative Sea-Level Rise: Wetland Elevation Trends and Process Controls

D.R. Cahoon, P.F. Hensel, T. Spencer, D.J. Reed, K.L. McKee, N. Saintilan

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Biotic Process Controls

12.2.1 Indirect Biotic Processes

12.2.2 Direct Biotic Processes

12.3 Hydrologic Process Controls

12.3.1 Surface Wetland Hydrology

12.3.2 Subsurface Wetland Hydrology

12.4 Findings from the SET Network

12.4.1 Data Analysis

12.4.2 The Salt Marsh SET Network

12.4.3 The Mangrove Forest SET Network

12.5 Further Considerations


13 Connecting Arctic and Temperate Wetlands and Agricultural Landscapes: The Dynamics of Goose Populations in Response to Global Change

R.L. Jefferies, R.H. Drent, J.P. Bakker

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Links Between Modern Agriculture as a Food Source and the Increase in the Size of Arctic Goose Populations

13.3 Hunting Practices, Availability of Refuges, Agricultural Food Supplies and the Size of Goose Populations

13.3.1 Hunting Practices in Agricultural Landscapes and the Size of Goose Populations

13.3.2 The Synergistic Link Between Refuges and Agriculture: Effects on Wintering and Migrating Goose Populations

13.3.3 The Direct and Indirect Effects of Weather Patterns and Climate Change on Wintering and Migrating Goose Populations

13.4 Habitat Changes in Response to Population Growth of Geese

13.4.1 Effects of the Geese on Temperate Salt-Marsh Vegetation

13.4.2 Effects of Geese on Arctic Coastal Vegetation

13.5 Anthropogenic Constraints on Population Growth

13.6 Conclusion


14 Eurasian Mires of the Southern Taiga Belt: Modern Features and Response to Holocene Palaeoclimate

T. Minayeva, W. Bleuten, A. Sirin, E.D. Lapshina

14.1 Introduction

14.2 Peatlands of the Southern Taiga Belt of Northern Eurasia

14.2.1 The Features of the Southern Taiga Bioclimate

14.2.2 Peatland Distribution and Main Types

14.2.3 Main Features of Peatland Development

14.2.4 Main Features of Climate During the Holocene

14.2.5 Peat Accumulation Dynamics

14.3 Mire Development and Peat Accumulation Dynamics in the Key Areas During the Holocene

14.3.1 Study Sites in European Russia

14.3.2 Study Sites in Western Siberia

14.3.3 Study Methods

14.3.4 Holocene Peat Dynamics

14.3.5 Peat and Carbon Accumulation Rates

14.4 Discussion and Conclusions


Subject Index

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