Ecology of a Glacial Flood Plain

  • J. V. Ward
  • U. Uehlinger

Part of the Aquatic Ecology Series book series (AQEC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. U. Uehlinger, M. Maisch, C. Rothenbühler, R. Zah
    Pages 1-16
  3. R. Zah, M. Maisch, U. Uehlinger, C. Rothenbühler
    Pages 17-36
  4. K. Tockner, F. Malard
    Pages 57-73
  5. U. Uehlinger, F. Malard
    Pages 75-90
  6. K. Tockner, R. Illi, F. Malard, U. Uehlinger
    Pages 91-107
  7. C. Wellstein, U. Uehlinger, R. Zah
    Pages 109-121
  8. M. O. Gessner, C. T. Robinson
    Pages 123-137
  9. H. R. Bürgi, P. Burgherr, U. Uehlinger
    Pages 139-151
  10. P. Burgherr, B. Klein, C. T. Robinson, K. Tockner
    Pages 153-174
  11. F. Malard
    Pages 175-198
  12. U. Uehlinger, R. Zah
    Pages 199-215
  13. C. T. Robinson, M. O. Gessner
    Pages 217-230
  14. C. T. Robinson, U. Uehlinger, M. O. Gessner
    Pages 231-241
  15. K. Tockner, C. T. Robinson, P. Burgherr
    Pages 243-257
  16. C. T. Robinson, P. Burgherr, F. Malard, K. Tockner, U. Uehlinger
    Pages 259-271
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 273-306

About this book


This book is a monograph reporting the major findings from a comprehensive study of a glacial flood plain in the Swiss Alps, based on an intensive research program conducted year-round over several years. Until recently, very little was known regarding the ecology of glacial streams. Previous studies typically focused on one or a few aspects and were limited to the summer period. Moreover, this is the first ecological study of a glacial flood plain with a dynamic, multi-thread channel network. Year-round sampling of a system with a complex channel network spawned unanticipated results and new insights into the ecology of glacial streams. The book begins with the landscape features, glacial history, and floodplain evolution of the Val Roseg. This is followed by chapters on channel typology, groundwater-surfacewater interactions, thermal heterogeneity, and nutrient dynamics. Chapters on the biota deal with terrestrial and aquatic flora, hyphomycete fungi, surface zoobenthos, and the interstitial fauna. Functional processes are addressed in chapters on organic matter dynamics, litter decomposition, nutrient limitation, and drift and colonization patterns. The final chapter provides a synthesis of our current understanding of the ecology of Val Roseg. Weare indebted to many individuals and organizations for assistance and support of the research program on the Val Roseg and the production of this book.


Ecology Fauna Flora ecosystem ecosystems seasonal dynamics temporal dynamics vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • J. V. Ward
    • 1
    • 2
  • U. Uehlinger
    • 3
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)DübendorfSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of LimnologySwiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (EAWAG)DübendorfSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6507-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0181-5
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