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Forest Management and the Water Cycle

An Ecosystem-Based Approach

  • Written by leading European scientists in forest management research Includes state-of-the-art reviews and case studies from across Europe

  • Comprehensive in scope and across scales from tree and catchment to forest and landscape

  • Explores the influence of climate change and the future of forest systems

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Ecological Studies (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Forest and Water - Tree to Small Catchment Processes in a Changing Environment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Patrick Schleppi
      Pages 3-4
    3. Hydrological Effects on Below Ground Processes in Temperate and Mediterranean Forests

      • Boris Rewald, Panagiotis Michopoulos, Lise Dalsgaard, David L. Jones, Douglas L. Godbold
      Pages 5-29
    4. Above Ground Processes: Anticipating Climate Change Influences

      • Mauro Centritto, Roberto Tognetti, Ernst Leitgeb, Katarina Střelcová, Shabtai Cohen
      Pages 31-64
    5. Observed Climate Change in Croatia and Its Impact on the Hydrology of Lowlands

      • Boris Vrbek, Ivan Pilaš, Nikola Pernar
      Pages 141-162
    6. The Case of Yatir Forest

      • Gabriel Schiller
      Pages 163-186
  3. Forest Structures, Management and Water Fluxes

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 203-203
    2. Introduction

      • Viliam Pichler
      Pages 205-207
    3. Changes in Forest Cover and its Diversity

      • Viliam Pichler, Paulo Godinho-Ferreira, Tzvetan Zlatanov, Magdaléna Pichlerová, Juraj Gregor
      Pages 209-224
    4. Afforestation Strategies with Respect to Forest–Water Interactions

      • Yannis Raftoyannis, Michael Bredemeier, Rasa Buozyte, Norbert Lamersdorf, Andreas Mavrogiakoumos, Edda Oddsdóttir et al.
      Pages 225-245
    5. Tree Species’ Tolerance to Water Stress, Salinity and Fire

      • Martin Lukac, Margus Pensa, Gabriel Schiller
      Pages 247-261
    6. Overland Flow, Soil Erosion and Stream Water Quality in Forest Under Different Perturbations and Climate Conditions

      • Meni Ben-Hur, Cristina Fernandez, Sakari Sarkkola, Juan Carlos Santamarta Cerezal
      Pages 263-289
    7. Forest Management Effects on Below-Ground Hydrological Processes

      • Viliam Novák, Viliam Pichler, Elisabeth Graf-Pannatier, Edward P. Farrell, Marián Homolák
      Pages 291-312
    8. Adjustment of Forest Management Strategies to Changing Climate

      • Špela Planinšek, Leena Finér, Antonio del Campo, Jorge Alcazar, Cristina Vega-García, Dimiter Dimitrov et al.
      Pages 313-329

About this book

The protective function of forests for water quality and water-related hazards, as well as adequate water supplies for forest ecosystems in Europe, are potentially at risk due to changing climate and changing land-management practices. Water budgets of forest ecosystems are heavily dependent on climate and forest structure. The latter is determined by the management measures applied in the forestry sector. Various developments of forest management strategies, imposed on a background of changing climate, are considered in assessing the overall future of forest–water interactions in Europe.

Synthesizing recent research on the interactions of forest management and the water regime of forests in Europe and beyond, the book makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue between scientists dealing with different scales of forest-water interactions. This collaborative endeavour, which covers geographic and climatic gradients from Iceland to Israel and from southern Spain to Estonia and Finland, was made possible through the COST Action "Forest Management and the Water Cycle (FORMAN)", which was launched in 2007 (

The book will be of particular interest to the research community involved in forest ecosystem research and forest hydrology, as well as landscape ecologists and hydrologists in general. It will also provide reference material for forest practitioners and planners in hydrology and land use.


  • Adaptation
  • Climate impact
  • Forest
  • Management
  • Water cycle

Editors and Affiliations

  • , Forschungszentrum Waldökosysteme, Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

    Michael Bredemeier

  • , ARO Volcani Center, Institute of Soil, Water and Environment, Bet Dagan, Israel

    Shabtai Cohen

  • College of Natural Sciences, School of the Environment & Natural Reso, University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom

    Douglas L. Godbold

  • , Institute of Ecology, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia

    Elve Lode

  • Faculty of Forestry, Department of Natural Environment, Technical University Zvolen, Zvolen, Slovakia

    Viliam Pichler

  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

    Patrick Schleppi

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Forest Management and the Water Cycle

  • Book Subtitle: An Ecosystem-Based Approach

  • Editors: Michael Bredemeier, Shabtai Cohen, Douglas L. Godbold, Elve Lode, Viliam Pichler, Patrick Schleppi

  • Series Title: Ecological Studies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-90-481-9833-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-90-481-9834-4

  • Series ISSN: 0070-8356

  • Series E-ISSN: 2196-971X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 531

  • Topics: Forestry

Buying options

eBook USD 299.00
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  • ISBN: 978-90-481-9834-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)