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Earth Sciences & Geography - Hydrogeology | Management of Mountain Watersheds

Management of Mountain Watersheds

Krecek, J., Haigh, M., Hofer, Th., Kubin, E. (Eds.)

Jointly published with Capital Publishing Company

2012, X, 269 p.

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  • Highlights the environmentally sound management of mountain watersheds
  • Discusses the multidisciplinary approach in the analysis of a mountain basin
  • Summarizes the experiences of experts from different regions of the world

The book aims to address the interdisciplinary targets of watershed management in mountain regions based on the current knowledge of the subject. The focus of the book is particularly on monitoring, research, and modelling the interactions between the climate, water cycle, and aquatic ecosystem. The issues of watershed management in mountain regions in different parts of Europe, Africa, America and Asia have been the central theme of the book, which is basically divided into five sections: Hydrological processes and stream habitat in mountain catchments; Man’s impacts on mountain environment; Climate change considerations; Monitoring and mitigation of disasters; and Sustainable watershed management. The articles have been peer reviewed and the interdisciplinary team of authors includes experts from the specialised areas of geography, hydrology, chemistry, biology, forestry, ecology, economy and sociology. The practical applications and management strategies mentioned in the book, deal with the multi-resource concept, based on the compromise between the development, conservation/ protection of the nature. Finally, the socio-economic and cultural aspects, and ecosystem prevalent in a mountain catchment are discussed in detail.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Climate change - Ecosystem services - Mountain watersheds - Multi-resource management - Water phenomena

Related subjects » Geography - Hydrogeology - Pollution and Remediation - Water Policy, Governance, and Management

Table of contents 


1. Mission and history of the EFC/FAO Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds

2. Ecosystem services in mountain watersheds

3. Long term hydrological modeling in a Himalayan watershed

4. Integrated hydrological model for mountain ecosystem assessment

5. Monitoring and management of a lake-watershed system: the Lake Kinneret

6. River habitat fragmentation and forestry practices in a mountain catchment

7. Carbon and nitrogen fluxes in mountain forests of Sweden

8.      Impacts of the acid atmospheric deposition and global climate change on water phenomena in a small mountain catchment

9. Effects of energy harvesting on hydrological regime of a small headwater basin

10. Effects of changes in forest ecosystems on hydrological regime in Polish mountains

11. Effects of large-scale windbreak on hydrological processes  in the High Tatra

12. Role of forests in conservation of the Lake Balaton

13. Qualifying soil water contents variation linking with different wetland vegetations in Northeast China

14. Impact of Anthropogenic Pressures on Selected Characteristics of a Wetland at Ts’akholo, Lesotho

15. Climate change adaptation in mountain watersheds of the Columbia Basin with a focus of water conservation and risk assessment of forest fires

16. Flash floods in European alpine basins

17. Floods, landslides and forest sanctuaries, Uttarakhand, India

18. Control of landslides in mountain watersheds


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Distribution rights SAARC countries for print edition: Capital Publishing Company

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