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Climatic Change and Global Warming of Inland Waters: Impacts and Mitigation for Ecosystems and Societies

Climatic Change and Global Warming of Inland Waters: Impacts and Mitigation for Ecosystems and Societies

Charles R. Goldman (Editor), Michio Kumagai (Editor), Richard D. Robarts (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-47059-6 November 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 496 Pages



Effects of global warming on the physical, chemical, ecological structure and function and biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems are not well understood and there are many opinions on how to adapt aquatic environments to global warming in order to minimize the negative effects of climate change.  Climatic Change and Global Warming of Inland Waters presents a synthesis of the latest research on a whole range of inland water habitats – lakes, running water, wetlands – and offers novel  and timely suggestions for future research, monitoring and adaptation strategies.

A global approach, offered in this book, encompasses systems from the arctic to the Antarctic, including warm-water systems in the tropics and subtropics and presents a unique and useful source for all those looking for contemporary case studies and presentation of the latest research findings and discussion of mitigation and adaptation throughout the world. 

Edited by three of the leading limnologists in the field this book represents the latest developments with a focus not only on the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems but also offers a framework and suggestions for future management strategies and how these can be implemented in the future.

Limnologists, Climate change biologists, fresh water ecologists, palaeoclimatologists and students taking relevant courses within the earth and environmental sciences will find this book invaluable.  The book will also be of interest to planners, catchment managers and engineers looking for solutions to broader environmental problems but who need to consider freshwater ecology.

List of Contributors xiii

Preface xix

Part I Impacts on Physical, Chemical, and Biological Processes 1

1 Climate Change Impacts on the Hydrology and Biogeochemistry of Arctic Rivers 3
Robert M. Holmes, Michael T. Coe, Greg J. Fiske, Tatiana Gurtovaya, James W. McClelland, Alexander I. Shiklomanov, Robert G.M. Spencer, Suzanne E. Tank, and Alexander V. Zhulidov

2 Climate Impacts on Arctic Lake Ecosystems 27
Warwick F. Vincent, Isabelle Laurion, Reinhard Pienitz, and Katey M. Walter Anthony

3 Trends in Hydrological and Hydrochemical Processes in Lake Baikal under Conditions of Modern Climate Change 43
M.N. Shimaraev and V.M. Domysheva

4 Hydrological Analysis of the Yellow River Basin, China 67
Xieyao Ma, Yoshinobu Sato, Takao Yoshikane, Masayuki Hara, Fujio Kimura, and Yoshihiro Fukushima

5 Water Resources under Climate Change in the Yangtze River Basin 79
Marco Gemmer, Buda Su, and Tong Jiang

6 Biogeochemical Ecosystem Dynamics in Lake Biwa under Anthropogenic Impacts and Global Warming 95
Mitsuru Sakamoto

7 Eutrophication, Warming and Historical Changes of the Plankton Community in Lake Biwa during the Twentieth Century 111
Narumi K. Tsugeki and Jotaro Urabe

8 Numerical Simulation of Future Overturn and Ecosystem Impacts for Deep Lakes in Japan 131
Daisuke Kitazawa

9 Model Development to Evaluate the Impacts of Climate Change on Total Phosphorus Concentrations in Lakes 145
Kohei Yoshiyama

10 Recent Climate-Induced Changes in Freshwaters in Denmark 155
Erik Jeppesen, Brian Kronvang, Torben B. Jørgensen, Søren E. Larsen, Hans E. Andersen, Martin Søndergaard, Lone Liboriussen, Rikke Bjerring, Liselotte S. Johansson, Dennis Trolle, and Torben L. Lauridsen

11 Lake Phytoplankton Responses to Global Climate Changes 173
Kirsten Olrik, Gertrud Cronberg, and Hel´ene Annadotter

12 The Influence of Climate Change on Lake Geneva 201
Ulrich Lemmin and Adeline Amouroux

13 Climate Change and Wetlands of the Prairie Pothole Region of North America: Effects, Management and Mitigation 219
Marley J. Waiser

14 Historic and Likely Future Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada, USA 231
Robert Coats, Goloka Sahoo, John Riverson, Mariza Costa-Cabral, Michael Dettinger, Brent Wolfe, John Reuter, Geoffrey Schladow, and Charles R. Goldman

15 Our New Biological Future? The Influence of Climate Change on the Vulnerability of Lakes to Invasion by Non-Native Species 255
Marion E. Wittmann, Ka Lai Ngai, and Sudeep Chandra

16 Long-Term Changes in the Lake Kinneret Ecosystem: The Effects of Climate Change and Anthropogenic Factors 271
Ilia Ostrovsky, Alon Rimmer, Yosef Z. Yacobi, Ami Nishri, Assaf Sukenik, Ora Hadas, and Tamar Zohary

17 Climate Change and the Floodplain Lakes of the Amazon Basin 295
John M. Melack and Michael T. Coe

18 Climatic Variability, Mixing Dynamics, and Ecological Consequences in the African Great Lakes 311
Sally MacIntyre

19 Effects of Climate Change on New Zealand Lakes 337
David P. Hamilton, Chris McBride, Deniz Ozkundakci, Marc Schallenberg, Piet Verburg, Mary de Winton, David Kelly, Chris Hendy, and Wei Ye

20 Global Change Effects on Antarctic Freshwater Ecosystems: The Case of Maritime Antarctic Lakes 367
Antonio Quesada and David Velazquez

Part II Impacts on Societies 383

21 Adaptation to a Changing Climate in Northern Mongolia 385
Clyde E. Goulden and Munhtuya N. Goulden

22 Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Urban Water Resources 395
Gabriela da Costa Silva

Part III Mitigation Approaches 413

23 Water Management Preparation Strategies for Adaptation to Changing Climate 415
Balazs M. Fekete and Eugene Stakhiv

24 In Search of Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Global Warming on Aquatic Ecosystems 429
Justin D. Brookes, Martin Schmid, Dominic Skinner, and Alfred Wuest

25 Artificial Decomposition of Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen by Electrolysis to Restore Oxygen in Climate Change-Impacted Waters 449
Michio Kumagai and Hiroyasu Takenaka

26 Summary and Conclusions 455
Michio Kumagai

Index 461

“Limnologists, climate change biologists, fresh water ecologists, paleo-ecologists and students taking courses on earth and environmental sciences, will find this book summarising over 2,000 references to the scientific literature invaluable. It is equally of interest for policy makers, engineers and planners dealing with the climate change-freshwater ecology interphase.”  (Latin American J. Management for Sustainable Development, 1 October 2014)

“In summary, this is a delightful book that will appeal to limnologists, freshwater ecologists, hydrologists, paleoenvironmental scientists, and water engineers.  There is also plenty inside for those students and researchers who are simply curious about some of the most remote and remarkable water landscapes on Earth.”  (Quarterly Review Biology, 1 March 2015)

“Readers with an interest in climate change will find this book challenging and informative; however, its target audience is those with a good general back-ground in physical sciences towards the graduate and professional level.”  (New Zealand Geographer, 1 April 2014)

“The book is a real representative one for environmental education, since it can assist students who are in the process of selecting an inspiring, relevant topic for their studies and later, their final research reports.”  (Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 1 February 2014)

“Overall, a valuable resource for graduate students and professional scientists and engineers, but less appropriate for undergraduates and the lay public. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and above.”  (Choice, 1 October  2013)