Encyclopedia of Inland Waters

Encyclopedia of Inland Waters

2nd Edition - May 23, 2022

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  • Editors-in-Chief: Klement Tockner, Thomas Mehner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128220412
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128191668

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Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Second Edition, focuses on a variety of key areas surrounding inland waters, from the distribution of water on Earth  to the properties of water, including the hydrologic cycle, the physics of water movement in lakes and rivers; it includes topics such as waterborne diseases, the metabolism of aquatic ecosystems, pollution conservation, biodiversity, pollution and cycling of chemicals. New topics cover comprehensively recent advances in the field, explaining pressures and underlying concepts and theories.

Key Features

  • Offers readers a ‘one-stop’, comprehensive resource for access to a wealth of information and critical summaries to fully support their research and activities in this area
  • Includes interdisciplinary articles written by renowned academics and practitioners from various fields and regions, thus ensuring the content provides state-of-the-art information and knowledge about the structure, functions, values, threats and management opportunities for inland water
  • Fills a critical gap of information in a field that has seen significant progress in past years, ranging from the structures, functions, values of, and pressures on rivers, lakes, wetlands and ground waters, to underlying concepts and theories


Limnologists, ecologists, water managers, students and postgraduate scientists in ecology, aquatic biology, global change biology, biodiversity, and ecosystem management. Policy makers in governmental, non-governmental and professional organizations.

Table of Contents

  • Structures and Functions of Inland Water – Lakes
    Structures and Functions of Inland Waters – Rivers
    Structures and Functions of Inland Waters – Wetlands
    Structures and Functions of Inland Waters – Groundwater
    Human pressures and management of Inland Waters
    Social values of Inland Waters
    Fundamental concepts and theories
    Emerging Methods and Topics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 3284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: May 23, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128220412
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128191668

About the Editors in Chief

Klement Tockner

Klement Tockner is president of the Austrian Science Fund – FWF, full professor of Aquatic Ecology at the Freie Universität Berlin and former director of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin. He received a PhD from the University of Vienna (1993) and a Titulary Professorship at ETH (2005). He is an internationally leading freshwater scientist, in particular in the research domains biodiversity, ecosystem science and environmental management. He was Editor in Chief of the journal Aquatic Sciences and is Subject Editor of the journal Ecosystems. He has published more than 250 scientific papers including 150 ISI papers. In 2009, he edited a comprehensive book on European Rivers (Rivers of Europe, Elsevier). Klement Tockner has successfully managed large inter- and transdisciplinary projects such as the EC-funded project BioFresh (www.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu). He is member of several scientific committees and advisory boards and elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Germany Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria

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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