Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Alpine Water Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 16-16
    2. Bernhard Wehren, Rolf Weingartner, Bruno Schädler, Daniel Viviroli
      Pages 17-58
    3. Bernhard Wehren, Bruno Schädler, Rolf Weingartner
      Pages 71-92
  3. Biogeochemistry and Pollution of Alpine Waters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 94-94
    2. Jürg Zobrist
      Pages 95-118
    3. M. Schwikowski, A. Eichler
      Pages 141-150
    4. John N. Westgate, Frank Wania
      Pages 151-171
  4. Ecology of Alpine Waters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 174-174
    2. A. M. Milner, J. E. Brittain, L. E. Brown, D. M. Hannah
      Pages 175-191
    3. C. T. Robinson, B. Kawecka, L. Füreder, A. Peter
      Pages 193-223
  5. Case Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1-6

About this book

Introduction

Most of the world’s mountains are rich in water and, as such, play a pivotal role in the global water cycle. They provide water for diverse human uses and ecosystems. Growing water demands as well as climate change will lead to ever-increasing pressure on mountain waters. Overcoming water-use conflicts and maintaining the ecological functioning of mountain waters presents a highly challenging task and is indispensable for sustainable development.
This book extensively portrays the highly diverse attributes of mountain waters and demonstrates their paramount importance for ecological and societal development. The extensive summaries on the scientific basics of mountain waters are supplemented with considerations on the diverse water uses, needs for management actions, and challenges regarding sustainable water management. This overview concerns not only the mountain areas themselves but also downriver reaches and their surrounding lowlands, and, therefore, the relationship between mountain and lowland water issues.

Keywords

alpine water use aquatic ecology biodiversity geochemistry hydrology mountain waters water chemistry water management

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Bundi
    • 1
  1. 1.Wasserforschungsinstitut EAWAGDübendorfSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-88275-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-88274-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-88275-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-979X
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-864X
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