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

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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