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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About the authors

Robert Naiman

Research Interests: Structure and dynamics of lotic ecosystems, landscape ecology, and the role of large animals in influencing ecosystem dynamics. Professional Appointments: - 1988-present: Professor, College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and College of Forest Resources, University of Washington - 1993-present: Faculty Affiliate, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana - 2001-2002: Sabbatical Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Syntheses (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara and The Ecosystem Center, Woods Hole, MA - 1988-1996: Director, Center for Streamside Studies, University of Washington - 1995: Visiting Professor, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa - 1985-1988: Director, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota; Professor, Department of Fisheries and WIldlife, and the Department of Ecology and Behavioral Biology, University of Minnesota - 1978-1985: Director, Matamek Research Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - 1984, 1988: Visiting Scientist, Centre d'Ecologie, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France - 1983: Visiting Professor, University of Montana - 1977-1978: Assistant Curator, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia - 1976-1977: Research Associate, Oregon State University - 1974-1976: Postdoctoral Fellow, Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Pacific Biological Station Professional Societies: - American Association for the Advancement of Science - American Society of Limnology and Oceanography - Ecological Society of America - North American Benthological Society - Societas Internationalis Limnologie Recent Committee & Consulting Activity (1986-1999) - National Science Foundation: *Water and Watersheds Panel *Long-term ecological research advisory panel *Ecosystem research advisory panel *Various NSF site reviews *Coordinating committee and chair--various NSF

Henri Decamps

Domain of Research: River Ecology and riparian landscapes. Functions: - Director of the Centre d'Ecologie des Ressources Renouvelables, CNRS Laboratory in Toulouse (1981-1995). - Director of the team "Ecologie des écosystèmes riverains" at the Centre d'Ecologie des Systèms Aquatiques Continentaux, CNRS et Université Toulouse 3 (1995-2001). Present National Responsibility: - President of the "Groupement d'Intérêt Public: Ecosystèmes Forestiers - ECOFOR" (2000- - President of several Scientific Committees at the French Ministry of the Environment. Past International Responsibilities: - President of the Scientific Committee of the programme MAB.UNESCO "Land-Inland Water interface: Research and Management" (1988-1996) - President of the "Internaional Association for Landscape Ecology" (IALE) (1991-1995) - Scientific coordinator of the programmes of the European Commission: 'European River Margins' et 'Floodplain Biodiversity and Restoration'. Organization of the internationa symposia: - "Quels Flueves pour demain?" Ministère de l'Environment et CNRS, Orléans, September 1991. - "World Congress of the International Association for the Landscape Ecology (IALE)," Touslouse, July 1995. - "Eighth International Symposium on Regulated Streams - EISORS," Toulouse, July 2000. Teaching: - University of Toulouse: Aquatic Ecology lectures at the PhD level (1990-1996). - University of Roskilde, Denmark: international seminars at the PhD level 'Landscape ecology and the dynamics of agricultural landscapes' (1997 and 2000). - University de Sao Paulo, Brazil: Landscape Ecology lectures at the PhD level (1998).


"...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