1st Edition

Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Streamside Communities

Print ISBN: 9781493301980
eBook ISBN: 9780080470689
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th June 2005
Page Count: 448
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This book describes the underlying water conditions and geologies that support viable riparia, illustrates the ecological characteristics of riparia, and discusses how riparia are used by human cultures as well as how riparia can be used to sustain environmental quality. In recent years riparian management has been widely implemented as a means of improving fisheries, water quality, and habitat for endangered species. This book provides the basic knowledge necessary to implement successful, long-term management and rehabilitation programs.

Key Features

  • Treats riparian patterns & processes in a holistic perspective, from ecological components to societal activities
  • Contains over 130 illustrations and photos that summarize this complex ecological system
  • Synthesizes the information from more than 6,000 professional articles
  • Sidebars provide a look into ongoing research that is at the frontiers of riparian ecology and management


Advanced students and professional scientists and resource managers interested in river and stream ecology, riparian systems, freshwater ecosystems and watershed ecology and management; government agencies such as the US Forest Service, EPA, Bureau of Land Management, and state resource agencies.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface

  1. Introduction
  2. Catchments and the Physical Template
  3. Riparian Typology
  4. Structural Patterns
  5. Biotic Functions of Riparia
  6. Biophysical Connectivity and Riparian Functions
  7. Disturbance and Agents of Change
  8. Management
  9. Conservation
  10. Restoration
  11. Synthesis Bibliography Index


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"...the most comprehensive synthesis of the riparian ecology literature...Though this could be used as a graduate-level or upper-division undergraduate textbook, researchers and practitioners will benefit from the book's holistic vision of riparia. All readers will appreciate the 56-page bibliography, reflecting the author's broad knowledge and international experience in watershed management, aquatic ecology, landscape ecology, and biogeochemistry. This book also demonstrates the maturation of landscape ecology and its integration into natural resource management in the years since Malanson's work...Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." - CHOICE "Riparia is 11 chapters, 430 pages, 137,825 words, and 990 references of pure, unadultured riparian system biology, ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, biophysics, and yes, socioenvironmental visions. To say that all things riparian are covered in this book is an understatement...Following Bob Paine's lead in espousing the ecological importance of keystone species, NDM work hard to convince us that riparia are the 'key stone elements of catchments'. In that, they succeed. They also don't let the reader miss the conclusion that riparia are highly heterogeneous, highly variable, highly diverse systems...Riparia is at its best when the subject of the interchange between rivers and their surrounding communities is tackled directly, and when the information being presented is absolutely riparia-specific...Riparia is presently the bible of riparian systems, and for that, the authors are owed our thanks...The merger responsible for Riparia was that of the collective wisdom of three authors...In their wisdom, and in this book, a river runs through it." - K.T. Killingbeck, University of Rhode Island, in LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY " impressive synthesis of the international literature in