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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. Climate Change and Anthropogenic Impacts on Large Lakes Ecosystems

    1. Atko Heinsalu, Helen Luup, Tiiu Alliksaar, Peeter Nõges, Tiina Nõges
      Pages 23-30
    2. Sergey G. Karetnikov, Mikhail A. Naumenko
      Pages 41-48
    3. Peeter Nõges, Tiina Nõges, Rita Adrian, Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer
      Pages 67-76
    4. Mátyás Présing, Péter Sprőber, Attila W. Kovács, Lajos Vörös, Gyöngyi Kenesi, Tom Preston et al.
      Pages 87-95
    5. Jaan-Mati Punning, Galina Kapanen, Mihkel Kangur, Tiit Hang, Natalia Davydova
      Pages 97-104
    6. Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer, Anna-Karin Westöö, Eva Willén
      Pages 111-118
    7. Yiyong Zhou, Chunlei Song, Xiuyun Cao, Jianqiu Li, Guoyuan Chen, Zhuoying Xia et al.
      Pages 119-125
  3. Food Web Interactions and Dynamics in Large Lakes

  4. Modeling Tools in Large Lakes Research

  5. Water Policy and Socioeconomic Aspects of Large Lake Management

    1. Eddy Lammens, Francien van Luijn, Yolanda Wessels, Harry Bouwhuis, Ruurd Noordhuis, Rob Portielje et al.
      Pages 239-247
    2. Peeter Nõges, Külli Kangur, Tiina Nõges, Anu Reinart, Heikki Simola, Markku Viljanen
      Pages 259-276

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Eutrophication Large Lake Ecology Large Lake Modelling Larke Lake Management Remote Sensing Sediment Water Policy biogeochemical cycles development ecosystem environment phytoplankton plankton production temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Tiina Nõges
    • 1
  • Reiner Eckmann
    • 2
  • Külli Kangur
    • 1
  • Peeter Nõges
    • 1
    • 3
  • Anu Reinart
    • 4
  • Gulnara Roll
    • 5
  • Heikki Simola
    • 6
  • Markku Viljanen
    • 6
  1. 1.Centre for Limnology, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesEstonian University of Life SciencesRannu, TartumaaEstonia
  2. 2.Limnological InstituteUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Environment and SustainabilityEuropean Commission — Joint Research CentreIspra (VA)Italy
  4. 4.Tartu ObservatoryTõravere, Tartu CountyEstonia
  5. 5.Peipsi Centre for Transboundary CooperationTartuEstonia
  6. 6.Faculty of Biosciences, Ecological Research InstituteUniversity of JoensuuJoensuuFinland

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