Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Streamside Communities

1st Edition - June 7, 2005

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  • Authors: Robert Naiman, Henri Decamps, Michael McClain
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470689
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780126633153

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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
    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Hydrological Context
      • Ecological Context
      • Landscape Context
      • Cultural Setting
      • Rationale for Riparian Ecology
      • Setting the Stage
    • Chapter 2: Catchments and the Physical Template
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Catchments and Hierarchical Patterns of Geomorphic Features
      • Geomorphic Processes and Process Domains
      • Hydrologic Connectivity and Surface Water–Groundwater Exchange
      • Surface Connectivity and Flooding
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 3: Riparian Typology
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • The Historical Context
      • Theoretical Basis for Classification
      • Emerging Classification Concepts
      • Geomorphic Classification
      • Biotic Classification
      • Treating Complexity and Heterogeneity in Classification Systems
      • Attributes of an Enduring Classification System
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 4: Structural Patterns
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Life History Strategies
      • Morphological and Physiological Adaptations of Riparian Plants
      • Reproductive Strategies
      • Distribution, Structure, and Abundance
      • Biological Diversity
    • Chapter 5: Biotic Functions of Riparia
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Water Use and Flux
      • Nutrient Fluxes
      • Production Ecology
      • Decomposition Dynamics
      • Information Fluxes
      • Microclimate
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 6: Biophysical Connectivity and Riparian Functions
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Patch Dynamics and a Landscape Perspective of Catchments
      • Nutrient Flows
      • Energy Flows and Food Webs
      • Large Animal Connections
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 7: Disturbance and Agents of Change
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Major Categories of Change
      • Riparian Disturbances
      • Disturbance Ecology: Responses to Stress
      • Ecological Consequences of Flow Regulation
      • Consequences of Global Climate and Land Use Changes
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 8: Management
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Riparian Management: A Recent and Evolving Concern
      • Riparian Management: A Process Linked to Catchment and to River Management
      • Riparian Management: A Highly Specific Process
      • Human Dimension of Riparian Management
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 9: Conservation
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Conserving Riparia for Biodiversity
      • Conserving Riparia for Ecosystem Services
      • Conserving Riparia for their Hydrologic Effects
      • Riparian Conservation in a Management Context
      • Human Benefits from Riparian Conservation
      • Emergence of New Conservation Legislation
      • Riparian Conservation for the Long Term
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 10: Restoration
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • General Principles and Definitions
      • Returning to More Natural Hydrologic Regimes
      • Developing a Restoration Plan
      • Assessing the Ecological Integrity of Riparia
      • Specific Enhancements
      • Conclusions
    • Chapter 11: Synthesis
      • Publisher Summary
      • Overview
      • Purpose
      • Riparia as Keystone Units of Catchment Ecosystems
      • A Unified Perspective of Riparian Ecology
      • Developing a Future Vision
      • Principles for the Ecological Management of Riparia
      • Global Environmental Change
      • Conclusions
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 488
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: June 7, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080470689
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780126633153

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

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, United States

Henri Decamps

Domain of Research: River Ecology and riparian landscapes.


- 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.


- University of Toulouse: Aquatic Ecology lectures at the PhD level (1990-1996).

- Univresity 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).

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France

Michael McClain

Affiliations and Expertise

Florida International University, Miami, U.S.A.

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