Sustainability Science

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 229–238 | Cite as

An ecohydrological adaptive approach to a salt lake in the semiarid grasslands of Argentina: future management perspectives

  • Germán A. KopprioEmail author
  • R. Hugo Freije
  • Milena Arias-Schreiber
  • Rubén J. Lara
Case Report


Past extreme hydrological events, future climate change scenarios and approaches for lake management were studied in the Argentinean Pampa. Anthropogenic climate change will impact water bodies and create enormous challenges for water management. Adaptation strategies are needed urgently to deal with the uncertainties originated by climate change on inland or coastal basins. Only a few studies have addressed practical strategies to mitigate global change impacts on lakes and practically none in South America. The purpose of this work was to discuss management options and seek better adaptive alternatives for the nature reserve Lake Chasicó, and to propose future management experiments and actions at a regional level. The ecohydrological approach is likely to increase the ecological resilience of the lake, dampen climate-driven hydrological variations and reduce eutrophication problems. Future projects should include wetland creation, fish management, water quality control, engineering work studies and education programs. Ecohydrology as an integrative natural science should be considered as a water management strategy to build ecological resilience into water bodies. The building of social-ecological resilience is also crucial for the stability of coupled human-ecological systems. The integration of natural and social sciences into sustainability approaches represents a robust strategy for adapting to climate change.


Adaptation strategies Environmental management Eutrophication Ecohydrology Climate change Resilience 



We thank the Japan Studies Service Organization (JASSO), the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst: DAAD) and the Ministry of Education of Argentina (Ministerio de Educación: ME) for financing this work, and the National Meteorological Service (Servicio Metereológico Nacional: SMN) of Argentina for precipitation data. We thank also O. Saito, D. Gondor and anonymous reviewers for their helpful and constructive comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Germán A. Kopprio
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • R. Hugo Freije
    • 3
  • Milena Arias-Schreiber
    • 4
  • Rubén J. Lara
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasInstituto Argentino de OceanografíaBahía BlancaArgentina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Prevention of International Epidemics, Department of Veterinary Science, Graduate School of Life and Environmental SciencesOsaka Prefecture UniversityIzumisanoJapan
  3. 3.Química AmbientalUniversidad Nacional del SurBahía BlancaArgentina
  4. 4.Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine EcologyBremenGermany

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