Future of Limnology and Aquatic Ecology as a Tool for Management of Inland Waters

Authored by: Sven Jørgensen , Jose Galizia Tundisi , Takako Matsumura Tundisi

Handbook of Inland Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Print publication date:  October  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439845257
eBook ISBN: 9781439845264
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b13038-14

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Abstract

Limnology as all ecological sciences is an inclusive science, incorporating into the studies of ecological dynamics of lakes, rivers, reservoirs, wetlands, and ponds the physical, chemical, and biological data. The sustainability of the inland water resources; the recovery of the water quality of degraded lakes, rivers, and reservoirs; and the protection of critical freshwater ecosystems are dependent on the profound knowledge of limnology and aquatic ecology. The future of limnology meets two basic challenges: (1) to incorporate vigorously the watershed approach into the study of inland water ecosystems in order to evaluate the dynamics of the terrestrial/aquatic interactions in space and time Likens (1992) and (2) to integrate social, economic, and environmental data into the limnological database in order to broaden the scope of the analysis and help to create an integrated approach to water management.

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