© 2018

The Rivers of Greece

Evolution, Current Status and Perspectives

  • Nikos Skoulikidis
  • Elias Dimitriou
  • Ioannis Karaouzas


  • A comprehensive review

  • Written by experts in the field

  • Appeals to environmental managers, scientists and policymakers


Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stamatis Zogaris, Alcibiades N. Economou
    Pages 53-95
  3. Angeliki Mentzafou, Elias Dimitriou, Anastasios Papadopoulos
    Pages 129-165
  4. Dimitra Lambropoulou, Dimitra Hela, Anastasia Koltsakidou, Ioannis Konstantinou
    Pages 205-240
  5. Ioannis Karaouzas, Christos Theodoropoulos, Leonidas Vardakas, Stamatis Zogaris, Nikolaos Skoulikidis
    Pages 279-326
  6. Stamatis Zogaris, Nikolaos Skoulikidis, Elias Dimitriou
    Pages 403-431
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 433-439

About this book


This volume provides essential information on the origin and evolution of Greek rivers, as well as their ecological and anthropogenic characteristics. The topics covered include geomythology, biogeography, hydrology, hydrobiology, hydrogeochemistry, geological and biogeochemical processes, anthropogenic pressures and ecological impacts, water management – both in the antiquity and today – and river restoration.

The book is divided into four parts, the first of which explores the importance of rivers for ancient Greek civilization and the natural processes affecting their evolution during the Holocene. In the second part, the hydrological, hydrochemical and biological features of Greek rivers and the unique biogeographical characteristics that form the basis for their high biodiversity and endemism are highlighted, while the third part comprehensively discusses the impacts of environmental pollution on the structure and function of Greek river ecosystems. In turn, the final part describes the current socio-economic factors in Greece that are affecting established water management practices, the application of ecohydrological approaches in restoring fragmented rivers, and the lessons learned from restoring aquatic ecosystems in general as a paradigm for understanding and minimizing anthropogenic impacts on water resources, at the Mediterranean scale.

Given the breadth and depth of its coverage, the book offers an invaluable source of information for researchers, students and environmental managers alike.


Greek rivers Aliakmon river River ecosystem Water pollution Pesticide residues Environmental risk assessment Acheloos Louros Evrotas River monitoring Water management Water restoration Nestos river

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikos Skoulikidis
    • 1
  • Elias Dimitriou
    • 1
  • Ioannis Karaouzas
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland WatersHellenic Centre for Marine ResearchAnavissosGreece

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