© 2008

Mountains: Sources of Water, Sources of Knowledge

  • Ellen Wiegandt


  • Interdisciplinary approach

  • Focus on crucial resource: water

  • Focus on geographical area of mountains with international comparative perspective


Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. General Concepts and Processes; Mountain Specificities

  3. Multiple Uses and Competition for Mountain Water

  4. Water Conflicts and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms

  5. Indigenous Knowledge; Technical Solutions

  6. Policy Implications for Efficient and Equitable Water Use

    1. Urs Luterbacher, Duishen Mamatkanov
      Pages 283-303
    2. Karina Schoengold, David Zilberman
      Pages 305-326
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-386

About this book


This book addresses the major challenges in assuring globally sustainable water use. Paradoxically, water resources have been identified both as too plentiful, producing major disasters, and increasingly vulnerable to shortages. Addressing both of these aspects requires attention to physical hydrological processes as well as human activities that affect water supply and demand. Mountains regions are the sources of many great water systems and often have long traditions of effective water management and therefore provide special insights into general problems of water use, including upstream-downstream and transboundry relations as well as natural hazard management. This volume will address critical contemporary and global issues through the lens of global change processes and with a focus on mountain regions to bring state of the art science from numerous disciplines to examine important environmental and policy questions related to water resources


adaptation climate change environment environmental change water supply

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen Wiegandt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Universitaire Kurt BöschSionSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"This book, the latest volume in the ‘Advances in Global Change Research’ series, is a compilation of presentations from a 2002 international scientific colloquium in Sion, Switzerland. … Readers can select any of the papers and find opening abstracts, well-written and scientifically supported text, and conclusions and/or recommendations. A bibliography lists over 500 entries. … is a valuable contribution to the literature on regulating water resources that emanate from mountain sources. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional water resource planning and management collections." (M. J. Zwolinski, CHOICE, Vol. 46 (1), September, 2008)

“This book addresses the diverse challenges facing water resources within mountain environments, including temporal and spatial variability … . Overall, the book contains useful and valuable examples and case study reports relating to a variety of water resource issues. … This volume presents a collection of interesting papers that are well presented; most images are of good quality. … it will be of value as a library reference source … .” (Neil Macdonald, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 29 (2), May, 2009)