Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jan Sendzimir, Stefan Schmutz
    Pages 1-16 Open Access
  3. Human Impacts, Mitigation and Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Gertrud Haidvogl
      Pages 19-39 Open Access
    3. Severin Hohensinner, Christoph Hauer, Susanne Muhar
      Pages 41-65 Open Access
    4. Bernhard Zeiringer, Carina Seliger, Franz Greimel, Stefan Schmutz
      Pages 67-89 Open Access
    5. Franz Greimel, Lisa Schülting, Wolfram Graf, Elisabeth Bondar-Kunze, Stefan Auer, Bernhard Zeiringer et al.
      Pages 91-110 Open Access
    6. Stefan Schmutz, Otto Moog
      Pages 111-127 Open Access
    7. Andreas Melcher, Christoph Hauer, Bernhard Zeiringer
      Pages 129-149 Open Access
    8. Christoph Hauer, Patrick Leitner, Günther Unfer, Ulrich Pulg, Helmut Habersack, Wolfram Graf
      Pages 151-169 Open Access
    9. Carina Seliger, Bernhard Zeiringer
      Pages 171-186 Open Access
    10. Gabriele Weigelhofer, Thomas Hein, Elisabeth Bondar-Kunze
      Pages 187-202 Open Access
    11. Florian Pletterbauer, Andreas Melcher, Wolfram Graf
      Pages 203-223 Open Access
    12. Ralf B. Schäfer, Mirco Bundschuh
      Pages 225-239 Open Access
    13. Clemens Trautwein, Florian Pletterbauer
      Pages 241-252 Open Access
  4. Management, Methodologies, Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Susanne Muhar, Jan Sendzimir, Mathias Jungwirth, Severin Hohensinner
      Pages 273-299 Open Access
    3. Jan Sendzimir, Piotr Magnuszewski, Lance Gunderson
      Pages 301-324 Open Access
    4. Otto Moog, Stefan Schmutz, Ilse Schwarzinger
      Pages 371-390 Open Access
    5. Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Aaike De Wever
      Pages 391-412 Open Access
    6. Kerstin Böck, Renate Polt, Lisa Schülting
      Pages 413-433 Open Access
    7. Michaela Poppe, Gabriele Weigelhofer, Gerold Winkler
      Pages 435-458 Open Access
    8. Christoph Litschauer, Christoph Walder, Irene Lucius, Sigrid Scheikl, S. V. Suresh Babu, Archana Nirmal Kumar
      Pages 459-470 Open Access
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. Herwig Waidbacher, Silke-Silvia Drexler, Paul Meulenbroek
      Pages 473-489 Open Access
    3. Stefan Preiner, Gabriele Weigelhofer, Andrea Funk, Severin Hohensinner, Walter Reckendorfer, Friedrich Schiemer et al.
      Pages 491-506 Open Access
    4. Thomas Friedrich
      Pages 507-518 Open Access
    5. Andreas Melcher, Raymond Ouédraogo, Otto Moog, Gabriele Slezak, Moumini Savadogo, Jan Sendzimir
      Pages 519-539 Open Access
    6. Béla Borsos, Jan Sendzimir
      Pages 541-560 Open Access
  6. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 561-561
    2. Stefan Schmutz, Thomas Hein, Jan Sendzimir
      Pages 563-571 Open Access

About this book


This open access book surveys the frontier of scientific river research and provides examples to guide management towards a sustainable future of riverine ecosystems. Principal structures and functions of the biogeosphere of rivers are explained; key threats are identified, and effective solutions for restoration and mitigation are provided.

Rivers are among the most threatened ecosystems of the world. They increasingly suffer from pollution, water abstraction, river channelisation and damming. Fundamental knowledge of ecosystem structure and function is necessary to understand how human acitivities interfere with natural processes and which interventions are feasible to rectify this.

Modern water legislation strives for sustainable water resource management and protection of important habitats and species. However, decision makers would benefit from more profound understanding of ecosystem degradation processes and of innovative methodologies and tools for efficient mitigation and restoration. The book provides best-practice examples of sustainable river management from on-site studies, European-wide analyses and case studies from other parts of the world. This book will be of interest to researchers in the field of aquatic ecology, river system functioning, conservation and restoration, to postgraduate students, to institutions involved in water management, and to water related industries.


Aquatic Ecology Ecosystem Services Environmental Management Freshwater Science Open Access River Restoration Sustainable River Management Water Pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Schmutz
    • 1
  • Jan Sendzimir
    • 2
  1. 1.BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesInstitute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesInstitute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG)ViennaAustria

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