Based on the bestselling book, Rivers of North America, this new guide stands as the only primary source of complete and comparative baseline data on the biological and hydrological characteristics of more than 180 of the highest profile rivers in Europe. With numerous full-color photographs and maps, this book includes conservation information on current patterns of river use and the extent to which human society has exploited and impacted them. Rivers of Europe provides the information ecologists and conservation managers need to better assess their management and meet the EU legislative good governance targets.

Key Features

* Coverage on more than 180 European rivers * Summarizes biological, ecological and biodiversity characteristics * Provides conservation managers with information to resolve conflicts between recreational use of rivers, their use as a water supply, and the need to conserve natural habitats * Data on river hydrology (maximum , minimum and average flow rates), seasonal variation in water flow * Numerous full-color photographs * Information on the underlying geology and its affect on river behaviour


River biologists/ecologists; Geographers; Hydrologists; Local, regional and governmental environmental, river & water resource managers

Table of Contents

Preface Forward 1. General Overview 2. Volga River Basin 3. Danube River Basin 4. Iberian Rivers 5. Continental Atlantic Rivers 6. Rhine River Basin 7. Rhone River Basin 8. Rivers of the Fenno-Scandinavian Shield 9. Arctic Rivers 10. British and Irish Rivers 11. Rivers of the Balkan 12. Italian Rivers 13. Western Steppic Rivers 14. Rivers of the Central Highlands and Plains 15. Rivers of the Boreal Uplands 16. Baltic and Eastern Continental Rivers 17. Rivers of Anatolia and the Caucasus 18. Ural River Basin 19. Perspectives


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About the authors

Christopher T. Robinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Limnology, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) and ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)


"This outstanding reference contains an enormous amount of information on characterizing and synthesizing natural features of European rivers and their catchments. Topics in this book include land use, climate hydrology, biodiversity, and environmental issues, such as pollution, fragmentation by dams, introduction of non-native species, and loss of biodiversity…I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in rivers."--Journal of the North American Benthological Society, October 2010, page 1527-9