Encyclopedia of Inland Waters

Encyclopedia of Inland Waters

1st Edition - January 13, 2009

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Mehner

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Inland aquatic habitats occur world-wide at all scales from marshes, swamps and temporary puddles, to ponds, lakes and inland seas; from streams and creeks to rolling rivers. Vital for biological diversity, ecosystem function and as resources for human life, commerce and leisure, inland waters are a vital component of life on Earth. The Encyclopedia of Inland Waters describes and explains all the basic features of the subject, from water chemistry and physics, to the biology of aquatic creatures and the complex function and balance of aquatic ecosystems of varying size and complexity. Used and abused as an essential resource, it is vital that we understand and manage them as much as we appreciate and enjoy them. This extraordinary reference brings together the very best research to provide the basic and advanced information necessary for scientists to understand these ecosystems – and for water resource managers and consultants to manage and protect them for future generations.

Key Features

  • Encyclopedic reference to Limnology - a key core subject in ecology taught as a specialist course in universities
    Over 240 topic related articles cover the field
  • Gene Likens is a renowned limnologist and conservationist, Emeritus Director of the Institute of Ecosystems
  • Research, elected member of the American Philosophical Society and recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science
  • Subject Section Editors and authors include the very best research workers in the field


Students and research workers in aquatic biology and ecology, University and Public Libraries, Government and non-government agencies and consultancies responsible for exploiting and managing water resources

Table of Contents

  • Provisional Contents include over 240 individual articles organized into the following broad sections

    Introductory Overviews
    Properties of water
    Hydrologic cycle: Surface and groundwater hydrology
    Hydrologic balance (lakes, reservoirs, rivers
    Lakes of the world (formation, diversity, distribution
    Rivers of the world (formation, diversity, distribution
    Light and heat in aquatic ecosystems
    Hydrodynamics and mixing in rivers, reservoirs, and lakes
    Inorganic chemicals: cycles and dynamics
    Organic compounds: Cycles and dynamics
    Biological integration among inland aquatic ecosystems
    Bacteria and Fungi: planktonic and attached
    Algae (incl. cyanobacteria): Types, phytoplankton, and eutrophication /remediation
    Air-water and land-water interface/wetland/littoral interactions
    Pollution and remediation
    Conservation and Management of Inland Aquatic

Product details

  • No. of pages: 2250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: January 13, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press

About the Editor in Chief

Thomas Mehner

Thomas Mehner is vice director and senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, Germany. He is limnologist and fisheries biologist by training, has got his PhD at the University of Rostock in 1992, and has received his habilitation in limnology in 1999. He has published about 170 ISI papers, with focus on fish communities, lake food webs, and evolutionary and behavioural ecology of aquatic organisms. He has been Handling Editor of ‘Aquatic Ecology’ and ‘Freshwater Biology’ for several years, and he is currently member of the Editorial Boards of ‘Global Change Biology’ and ‘Limnologica’. Since spring 2018, he has been the president of the International Society of Limnology (SIL). Thomas Mehner has taught courses on Limnology, Fish Ecology, Fisheries Management, Behaviour and Evolution, and Scientific Writing. He has trained many MSc and PhD students, and is actively mentoring undergraduates, graduates and post-doc researchers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Director, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany

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