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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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthesis: Features of Alpine Waters and Management Concerns

Ulrich Bundi

Alpine Water Resources

Frontmatter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

General Characteristics of Alpine Waters

Bernhard Wehren, Rolf Weingartner, Bruno Schädler, Daniel Viviroli

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in the Alpine Regions of Switzerland

Bruno Schädler, Rolf Weingartner

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Human Interventions

Bernhard Wehren, Bruno Schädler, Rolf Weingartner

Biogeochemistry and Pollution of Alpine Waters

Frontmatter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Water Chemistry of Swiss Alpine Rivers

Jürg Zobrist

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Effect of Acid Deposition on Chemistry and Biology of High-Altitude Alpine Lakes

S. M. Steingruber, L. Colombo

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Alpine Glaciers as Archives of Atmospheric Deposition

M. Schwikowski, A. Eichler

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Persistent Organic Contaminants in Alpine Waters

John N. Westgate, Frank Wania

Ecology of Alpine Waters

Frontmatter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Water Sources and Habitat of Alpine Streams

A. M. Milner, J. E. Brittain, L. E. Brown, D. M. Hannah

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Biodiversity of Flora and Fauna in Alpine Waters

C. T. Robinson, B. Kawecka, L. Füreder, A. Peter

Case Studies

Frontmatter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Integrated Environmental Management of Hydropower Operation Under Conditions of Market Liberalization

Bernhard Truffer

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Downstream Relevance of Reservoir Management

Alfred Wüest

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

A Plea for the Restoration of Alpine Rivers: Basic Principles Derived from the “Rhone-Thur” Case Study

Armin Peter

2010 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Water Management Challenges in Himalayan Watersheds

Hans Schreier

Backmatter

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