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Tonle Sap Lake (TSL) in Cambodia, the largest freshwater body in Southeast Asia, is an integral part of the Mekong River basin. This lake is characterized by a vast floodplain, with rich biodiversity and high productivity. It supports ensuring food security and the livelihood of millions of people. This ecosystem presents us with excellent frontiers in science, particularly in hydrology, sedimentology, wetland ecology, fisheries science, and environmental science and engineering. Water and Life in Tonle Sap Lake is the first compilation to describe the ecosystem and human life on TSL comprehensively based on the latest environmental monitoring and experimental and modeling research. We cover socioeconomics, hydrodynamics, water chemistry, microbiology, ecology, sanitation, and governance and management practices. The target readers are students and researchers who are interested in the research and management of tropical lakes. The contents are also beneficial to the local communities, environmental managers, and policymakers aiming at sustainable management and wise use of TSL and other lakes.

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Sovannara, U., Khanal, R., Yoshimura, C. (2022). Introduction. In: Yoshimura, C., Khanal, R., Sovannara, U. (eds) Water and Life in Tonle Sap Lake. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6632-2_1

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