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Global Change and River Ecosystems—Implications for Structure, Function and Ecosystem Services

  • R. Jan Stevenson
  • Sergi Sabater


  • Up to date and broad topical coverage of global change effects on river ecosystems

  • Integrated perspective on climate and land use change

  • Relevance of global change and water issues for science- and policy-makers


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology 215 book series (DIHY, volume 215)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Alberto Rodrigues Capítulo, Nora Gómez, Adonis Giorgi, Claudia Feijoó
    Pages 53-70
  3. Helena Guasch, Güluzar Atli, Berta Bonet, Natàlia Corcoll, Manel Leira, Alexandra Serra
    Pages 143-157
  4. John Ch. Donato-Rondón, Silvia Juliana Morales-Duarte, María Isabel Castro-Rebolledo
    Pages 159-166
  5. Esther Mas-Martí, Emili García-Berthou, Sergi Sabater, Sylvie Tomanova, Isabel Muñoz
    Pages 167-180
  6. Daniel M. Perkins, Julia Reiss, Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, Guy Woodward
    Pages 181-198
  7. Irene Ylla, Isis Sanpera-Calbet, Eusebi Vázquez, Anna M. Romaní, Isabel Muñoz, Andrea Butturini et al.
    Pages 217-232
  8. M. J. Wiley, D. W. Hyndman, B. C. Pijanowski, A. D. Kendall, C. Riseng, E. S. Rutherford et al.
    Pages 243-262

About this book


Rivers around the world are threatened by changes in land use, climate, hydrologic cycles, and biodiversity. Global changes in rivers include, but are not restricted to water flow interruptions, temperature increases, loss of hydrological connectivity, altered water residence times, changes in nutrient loads, increasing arrival of new chemicals, simplification of the physical structure of the systems, occurrence of invasive species, and biodiversity losses. All of them affect the structure and functioning of the river ecosystem, and thereby, their ecosystem services. Understanding the responses of river ecosystems and their services to global change is essential for protecting human well being in all corners of the planet.  Rivers provide critical benefits by providing food from fisheries and irrigation, regulating biogeochemical balances, and enriching our aesthetic and cultural experience. 

            Predicting responses of rivers to global change is challenged by the complexity of interactions among these man-made drivers across a mosaic of natural hydrogeomorphic and climatic settings. This book explores the broad range of determinants defining global change and their effects on river ecosystems. Authors have provided thoughtful and insightful treatments of specific topics that relate to the broader theme of global change regulation of river ecosystems.


Biogeochemistry Conservation Environmental Science Hydrology Streams biodiversity ecosystem ecosystems fisheries nutrient load

Editors and affiliations

  • R. Jan Stevenson
    • 1
  • Sergi Sabater
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Water Sciences, Department of ZoologyUniversity of MichiganEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Aquatic Ecology at the University of GironaGironaSpain

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