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The Impacts of Climate Change on Freshwater Ecosystems

Martin Kernan and Rick Battarbee co-edit new book summarising current knowledge

The Impacts of Climate Change on Freshwater Ecosystems

June sees the publication by Wiley-Blackwell of a new volume on the current state of knowledge about  the past, present and future impacts of climate change on freshwater ecosystems. It is edited by Dr Martin Kernan, Professor Rick Battarbee (UCL) and Professor Brian  Moss (Liverpool) and includes twelve chapters by leading freshwater ecologist. These especially consider the interactions between climate change and other drivers of change including hydromorphological modification, nutrient loading, acid deposition and contamination by toxic substances. They also draw on evidence from palaeolimnology, time-series analysis, space-for-time substitution, laboratory and field experiments and process modelling. Processes are evaluated in relation to extreme events, seasonal changes in ecosystems, trends over decadal-scale time periods, mitigation strategies and ecosystem recovery. The book also considers how aspects of hydrophysical, hydrochemical and ecological change may offer early indicators of climate change in aquatic ecosystems and the implications of future climate change for freshwater ecosystem catchment-scale management.



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