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Loch Leven: 40 years of scientific research

Understanding the links between pollution, climate change and ecological response

Series: Developments in Hydrobiology, Vol. 218

May, Linda, Spears, Bryan M. (Eds.)

Reprinted from Hydrobiologia, Volume 681, 2012

2012, VIII, 132 p.

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  • About this book

  • Summarises an intensive, long-term study on a shallow eutrophic lake
  • Includes studies of algae, macrophytes, benthic invertebrates, fish and waterfowl
  • Reveals the impacts of climate change and eutrophication on the lake ecosystem
  • Provides a basis for the development of lake management and restoration strategies
  • Warns that managing ecosystem services can lead to unintended consequences ​
Shallow lakes are important for their amenity value and the ecosystem services that they support. However, many are located in areas of high population density and intensive farming activity. As such, they are subject to many stressors, including eutrophication and climate change. This book examines 40 years of data from Loch Leven, a shallow lake in the lowlands of Scotland, UK, to gain a better understanding of the links between pollution, climate change and ecological response at the landscape scale. A wide range of topics is presented, including long term changes in nutrient inputs, internal phosphorus loading, water quality, algal concentrations, and the biodiversity of macrophytes, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, fish and waterfowl. The book provides evidence that attempts to improve ecosystem services at this site in the past have often resulted in unintended consequences for the lake and the local community.  It concludes that successful management actions in the future are likely to be those that incorporate lessons learned from previous decisions. This book will be of great interest to freshwater ecologists working in the field and managers responsible for the protection and monitoring of natural areas. It is also suitable as a supplementary text for courses in freshwater science and environmental management

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Freshwater Ecology - Loch Leven - Loch Leven Eutrophication - Shallow Lake Biodiversity

Related subjects » Aquatic Sciences - Climate Change Impact - Ecology

Table of contents 

A history of scientific research at Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland.- Historical changes (1905–2005) in external phosphorus loads to Loch Leven, Scotland, UK.- Long-term variation and regulation of internal phosphorus loading in Loch Leven.- Water quality of Loch Leven.- Changes in aquatic macrophyte communities in Loch Leven.- Long-term trends in Loch Leven invertebrate communities.- Changes in the fish community of Loch Leven.- Long-term variations in waterfowl populations in Loch Leven.- Modelling the response of phytoplankton in a shallow lake (Loch Leven, UK) to changes in lake retention time and water temperature.- Managing ecosystem services at Loch Leven, Scotland, UK.​

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