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Ecological Effects of Water-Level Fluctuations in Lakes

  • Karl M. Wantzen
  • Karl-Otto Rothhaupt
  • Martin Mörtl
  • Marco Cantonati
  • László G. -Tóth
  • Philipp Fischer
  • analyzes the current situation of lakes and thereby documents it for future comparisons after the effects of climatic changes

  • combines a conceptual framework with geographically and taxonomically different case studies, and with applied issues


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 204)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Karl M. Wantzen, Karl-Otto Rothhaupt, Martin Mörtl, Marco Cantonati, László G.- Tóth, Philipp Fischer
    Pages 1-4
  3. Mario Brauns, Xavier-François Garcia, Martin T. Pusch
    Pages 5-12
  4. Csilla Balogh, Ilona B. Muskó, László G.- Tóth, Lajos Nagy
    Pages 57-69
  5. Nikolaos Skoulikidis, Helen Kaberi, Dimitrios Sakellariou
    Pages 71-83
  6. Hilmar Hofmann, Andreas Lorke, Frank Peeters
    Pages 85-96
  7. Simone Pabst, Nicole Scheifhacken, John Hesselschwerdt, Karl M. Wantzen
    Pages 117-131
  8. Antton Keto, Anne Tarvainen, Mika Marttunen, Seppo Hellsten
    Pages 133-142
  9. Karl M. Wantzen, Wolfgang J. Junk, Karl-Otto Rothhaupt
    Pages 151-170

About this book


Most aquatic ecosystems have variable water levels. These water-level fluctuations (WLF) have multiple effects on the organisms above and below the waterline. Natural WLF patterns in lakes guarantee both productivity and biodiversity, while untimely floods and droughts may have negative effects. Human impacts on WLF have led to a stabilization of the water levels of many lakes by hydraulic regulation, untimely drawdown due to water use, or floods due to water release from hydropower plants in the catchments. This book provides a first review in this field. It presents selected papers on the ecological effects of WLF in lakes, resulting from a workshop at the University of Konstanz in winter 2005. Issues addressed here include the extent of WLF, and analyses of their effects on different groups of biota from microorganisms to vertebrates. Applied issues include recommendations for the hydrological management of regulated lakes to reduce negative impacts, and a conceptual framework is delivered by an extension of the floodpulse concept for lakes. Current impacts on water use, including increasing demands on drinking and irrigation water, hydropower etc., and climate change effects on WLF make this book an essential resource for aquatic ecologists, engineers, and decision-makers dealing with the management of lake ecosystems and their catchments.


Ecological adaptions Ecosystem management Lakes Sediment biodiversity ecosystem fish community macroinvertebrate microorganism temperature water quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Karl M. Wantzen
    • 1
    • 5
  • Karl-Otto Rothhaupt
    • 1
  • Martin Mörtl
    • 1
  • Marco Cantonati
    • 2
  • László G. -Tóth
    • 3
  • Philipp Fischer
    • 4
  1. 1.Limnologisches InstitutUniversität KonstanzKonstanzGermany
  2. 2.Museo Tridentino di Scienze NaturaliLimnology and Phycology SectionTrentoItaly
  3. 3.Balaton Limnological Research InstituteHungarian Academy of SciencesTihanyHungary
  4. 4.Biologische Anstalt Helgoland des Alfred-Wegner-InstitutsHelgolandGermany
  5. 5.ATIG — Aquatic-Terrestrial Interaction Group, Fachbereich Biologie, Postfach M659Universität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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