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Overview

Praise for the previous editions of Wetlands:

"Wetlands, the field of study, would not be what it is without Wetlands, the book."
——Bill Streever, Wetlands, 2001

"The Third Edition of this highly successful book manages to set new standards in presentation and content to confirm its place as the first point of reference for those working or studying wetlands."
——Chris Bradley, University of Birmingham, UK, Regulated Rivers: Research and Management

"This book is the wetlands bible...the most wide-ranging [book] on the subject."
——Carl Folke, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Land Use Policy

"The single best combination text and reference book on wetland ecology."
——Joseph S. Larson, University of Massachusetts, Journal of Environmental Quality

"First on my list of references to recommend to someone new to wetland policy management or science."
——Jay A. Leitch, North Dakota State University, Water Resources Bulletin

For more than two decades, William Mitsch and James Gosselink's Wetlands has been the premier reference on wetlands for ecologists, land use planners, and water resource managers worldwide—a comprehensive compendium of the state of knowledge in wetland science, management, and restoration.

Now Mitsch and Gosselink bring their classic book up to date with substantial new information and a streamlined text supplemented with a support web site. This new Fourth Edition maintains the authoritative quality of its predecessors while offering such revisions as:

  • Refocused coverage on the three main parts of the book: 1. An introduction to the extent, definitions, and general features of wetlands of the world; 2. Wetland science; and 3. Wetland management.
  • New chapter on climate change and wetlands that introduces the student to the roles that wetlands have in climate change and impact that climate change has on wetlands.
  • Increased international coverage, including wetlands of Mexico and Central America, the Congolian Swamp and Sine Saloum Delta of Africa, the Western Siberian Lowlands, the Mesopotamian Marshland restoration in Iraq, and the wetland parks of Asia such as Xixi National Wetland Park in eastern China and Gandau Nature Park in Taipei, Taiwan. This expanded coverage is illustrated with over 50 wetland photographs from around the world.
  • Several hundred new references for further reading, up-to-date data, and the latest research findings.
  • Over 35 new info boxes and sidebars provide essential background information to concepts being presented and case studies of wetland restoration and treatment in practice.

"...completely updated with sections on wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry, inland wetlands, coastal wetlands, and wetland management practices...with new material on creation and restoration of wetlands and updated U.S. regulations."

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Editorial Reviews

FISH
....this is an essential reference...I unhesitatingly recommend it, especially at the remarkably good value price...
Booknews
The second edition was perhaps criticized for the quality of its illustrations, because Mitsch (natural resources and environmental science, Ohio State U.) and Gosselink (emeritus, coastal energy and environmental resources, Louisiana State U.) claim to have redrawn, for this newest edition, nearly every one. This very scholarly text has also been extensively revised with 300 new citations<-->about 40 per cent of the 1,800<-->and three new chapters, one in the introductory section and two in the section on wetland management. Because of the increasing worldwide interest in wetlands, the authors have made this edition more international, adding a chapter on wetlands outside North America and improving the chapter on North American wetlands. There is also a new section on the history of US wetlands law and protection. Expanded is the section on wetland creation and restoration for purposes of habitat replacement and water pollution control. A glossary, bibliography, list of wetland web sites, and useful conversion factors are featured. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"....this is an essential reference...I unhesitatingly recommend it, especially at the remarkably good value price..." (FISH, 2000)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471699675
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/24/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 294,578
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Mitsch is Distinguished Professor of Environment and Natural Resources and Director, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, The Ohio State University.? He was the winner in 2004, with Sven Jørgensen of Denmark, of the Stockholm Water Prize and, in 2007, the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award.

James G. Gosselink is Professor Emeritus at the Center for Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University.He was awarded the Society of Wetland Scientists Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

PART 1. INTRODUCTION.

1. Wetlands: Human History, Use, and Science.

2. Wetland Definitions.

3. Wetlands of the World.

PART 2. THE WETLAND ENVIRONMENT.

4. Wetland Hydrology.

5. Wetland Biogeochemistry.

6. Biological Adaptations to the Wetland Environment.

7. Wetland Ecosystem Development.

8. Wetland Classification.

PART 3. WETLAND MANAGEMENT.

9. Human Impacts and Management of Wetlands.

10. Climate Change and Wetlands.

11. Values and Valuation of Wetlands.

12. Wetland Creation and Restoration.

13. Treatment Wetlands.

14. Wetland Laws and Protection.

Appendix A. Wetland Losses by State in the United States.

Appendix B. Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Appendix C. Useful Conversion Factors.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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