Table of contents
Climate Change and Anthropogenic Impacts on Large Lakes Ecosystems
Food Web Interactions and Dynamics in Large Lakes
Modeling Tools in Large Lakes Research
Water Policy and Socioeconomic Aspects of Large Lake Management
About this book
Large lakes are important because of their size and ecological distinctiveness as well as their economic and cultural value. Optimal management of them requires a proper understanding of anthropogenic impacts both on the lake ecosystems as such and on the services they provide for society. The specific structural and functional properties of large lakes, e.g. morphology, hydrography, biogeochemical cycles and food-web structure, are all directly related to their size. Although large lakes are among the best-studied ecosystems in the world, the application to them of environmental regulations such as the European Water Framework Directive is a challenging task and requires that several natural and management aspects specific to these water bodies are adequately considered. These vulnerable ecosystems often suffer from accelerated eutrophication, over-fishing, toxic contamination and invasive species. Large lakes offer socio-economic benefits and can be used in many ways, and are often areas in which economic, cultural and political interests overlap. In this book the problems regarding the present status of European large lakes and the directions of change are discussed. Threats caused by direct human impact and by climate change, protection needs and restoration measures are considered.
Eutrophication Large Lake Ecology Large Lake Modelling Larke Lake Management Remote Sensing Sediment Water Policy biogeochemical cycles development ecosystem environment phytoplankton plankton production temperature