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Forty-two chapters by international experts from a wide range of disciplines make The Wetlands Handbook the essential tool for those seeking comprehensive understanding of the subject. A departure from more traditional treatises, this text examines freshwater wetland ecosystem science from the fundamentals to issues of management and policy.
Introductory chapters address the scope and significance of wetlands globally for communities, culture and biodiversity. Subsequent sections deal with processes underpinning wetland functioning, how wetlands work, their uses and values for humans and nature, their sensitivity to external impacts, and how they may be restored. The text is illustrated by numerous examples, emphasising functional and holistic approaches to wetland management, including case studies on the wise use and rehabilitation of wetlands in farmed, urban, industrial and other damaged environments, highlighting the long-term benefits of multiple use. The Wetlands Handbook will provide an invaluable reference for researchers, managers, policy-makers and students of wetland sciences.
SECTION I WETLANDS IN THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT.
1 The Changing Wetland Paradigm (Edward Maltby).
2 Global Distribution, Diversity and Human Alterations ofWetland Resources (Dennis F. Whigham).
3 Biodiversity in Wetlands (Brij Gopal).
4 Peat as an Archive of Atmospheric, Climatic and EnvironmentalConditions (R. Kelman Wieder, Merritt R. Turetsky and Melanie A.Vile).
SECTION II WETLANDS IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: HOW DOWETLANDS WORK?
5 Introduction – The Dynamics of Wetlands (Tom Barkerand Edward Maltby).
6 Hydrological Dynamics I: Surface Waters, Flood and SedimentDynamics (Chris Baker, Julian R. Thompson and MatthewSimpson).
7 Hydrological Dynamics II: Groundwater and HydrologicalConnectivity (Dave J. Gilvear and Chris Bradley).
8 Hydrological Dynamics III: Hydro-ecology (Ab P. Grootjansand Rudy Van Diggelen).
9 Biogeochemical Dynamics I: Nitrogen Cycling in Wetlands(John R. White and K.R. Reddy).
10 Biogeochemical Dynamics II: Cycling and Storage of Phosphorusin Wetlands (Curtis J. Richardson and PanchabiVaithiyanathan).
11 Biogeochemical Dynamics III: The Critical Role of Carbon inWetlands (Nancy B. Dise).
12 Wetland Biogeochemical Cycles and their Interactions (JosT.A. Verhoeven).
13 Ecological Dynamics I: Vegetation as Bioindicator and DynamicCommunity (Bernard Clément and Michael C.F.Proctor).
14 Ecological Dynamics II: The Infl uences of VertebrateHerbivory on Ecological Dynamics in Wetland Ecosystems (IsabelJ.J. Van Den Wyngaert and Roland Bobbink).
15 Ecological Dynamics III: Decomposition in Wetlands (ScottD. Bridgham and Gary A. Lamberti).
SECTION III WETLANDS IN THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT: HOW CAN WEUTILISE THE WORK OF WETLANDS?
16 Introduction – Using Wetland Functioning (Tom Barkerand Edward MaltbyI0.
17 Wetlands and Water Resources (Matthew P. McCartney andMichael C. Acreman).
18 Wetland and Floodplain Soils: Their Characteristics,Management and Future (Hadrian F. Cook, Samuel A.F. Bonnett andLeendert J. Pons).
19 The Role of Buffer Zones for Agricultural Runoff (MartinS.A. Blackwell, David V. Hogan, Gilles Pinay and EdwardMaltby).
20 Wetlands for Contaminant and Wastewater Treatment (RobertH. Kadlec).
SECTION IV WETLAND ASSESSMENT: HOW CAN WE MEASURE THATWETLANDS ARE WORKING?
21 Introduction – Methodologies for Wetland Assessment(Joseph S. Larson).
22 The United States HGM (Hydrogeomorphic) Approach (Mark M.Brinson).
23 Development of a European Methodology for the FunctionalAssessment of Wetlands (Edward Maltby, Tom Barker and ConorLinstead).
24 Wetlands Assessment in Practice: Development and Applicationin the United States Regulatory Context (R. DanielSmith).
25 Wetland Evaluation in Developing Countries (HenriRoggeri).
26 Methodologies for Economic Evaluation of Wetlands and WetlandFunctioning (R. Kerry Turner, Roy Brouwer and S.Georgiou).
SECTION V WETLAND DYSFUNCTIONING: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WETLANDSDO NOT WORK?
27 Introduction – How Do Wetlands Fail? (Katherine C.Ewel).
28 Hydrological Impacts in and around Wetlands (Michael C.Acreman and Matthew P. McCartney).
29 Biotic Pressures and Their Effects on Wetland Functioning(C. Max Finlayson).
30 Human Impacts: Farming, Fire, Forestry and Fuel (HansJoosten).
SECTION VI WETLAND RESTORATION: MAKING WETLANDS WORKAGAIN.
31 Introduction – Re-establishment of Wetland Functioning(Edward Maltby).
32 Restoration of Wetland Environments: Lessons and Successes(Arnold G. van der Valk).
33 Replumbing Wetlands – Managing Water for theRestoration of Bogs and Fens (Russ P. Money, Bryan D. Wheeler,Andy J. Baird and A. Louise Heathwaitei).
34 Restoring Wetlands for Wildlife Habitat (Dieter Ramseier,Frank Klötzli, Ursula Bollens and JörgPfadenhauer).
35 Wetland Conditions and Requirements for MaintainingEconomically Valuable Species: Waterfowl, Furbearers, Fish andPlants (Lisette C.M. Ross and Henry R. Murkin).
SECTION VII SUSTAINABLE UTILISATION OF WETLANDS: BALANCINGECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING AND HUMAN NEEDS.
36 Introduction – Sustainable Wetlands in a Global Context(Tom Barker).
37 Melaleuca Wetlands and Sustainable Development in theMekong Delta, Vietnam (R.J. Safford, Edward Maltby, Duong Van Niand Nick P. Branch).
38 Multiple Use of Wetlands in Eastern Africa (Reint JacobBakema, Geoffrey W. Howard and Adrian P. Wood).
39 Deterioration and Rehabilitation of the Lower Danube WetlandsSystem (Angheluta Vadineanu).
40 The Pantanal of Mato Grosso: Linking Ecological Research,Actual Use and Management for Sustainable Development (WolfgangJ. Junk, Carolina J. Da Silva, Karl Matthias Wantzen, Catia Nunesda Cunha and Flavia Nogueira).
41 Wetlands for conservation and recreation use in the Norfolkand Suffolk Broads (Tom Barker, Steve Crooks and JohanSchutten).
42 Everglades and Agriculture in South Florida (Robert H.Kadlec).
43 Conclusions: Wetlands for the Future (Edward Maltby andTom Barker).