By Karl M. Wantzen, Karl-Otto Rothhaupt, Martin Mörtl, Marco Cantonati, Lászlo G.-Tóth, Philipp Fischer

Most aquatic ecosystems have variable water degrees. those water-level fluctuations (WLF) have a number of results at the organisms above and under the waterline. typical WLF styles in lakes warrantly either productiveness and biodiversity, whereas premature floods and droughts can have unwanted effects. Human affects on WLF have resulted in a stabilization of the water degrees of many lakes via hydraulic legislation, premature drawdown as a result of water use, or floods as a result of water free up from hydropower crops within the catchments. This ebook offers a primary assessment during this box. It offers chosen papers at the ecological results of WLF in lakes, due to a workshop on the college of Konstanz in wintry weather 2005. concerns addressed right here contain the level of WLF, and analyses in their results on various teams of biota from microorganisms to vertebrates. utilized matters contain options for the hydrological administration of regulated lakes to minimize adverse affects, and a conceptual framework is brought via an extension of the floodpulse proposal for lakes. present affects on water use, together with expanding calls for on ingesting and irrigation water, hydropower etc., and weather switch results on WLF make this ebook a necessary source for aquatic ecologists, engineers, and decision-makers facing the administration of lake ecosystems and their catchments.

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