SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science

Hydrological Changes and Estuarine Dynamics

Authors: Montagna, Paul, Palmer, Terence A., Pollack, Jennifer

  • Case studies demonstrate that monitoring and research can determine the ecological and socio-economical impacts of altered freshwater inflows
  • Allows stakeholders and managers can make well-informed decisions to manage freshwater inflows to local coasts wisely
  • Highlights programs that set goals to protect ecosystem resources, identify indicators, and monitor the indicators over time to ensure that the goals are appropriate and resources are protected
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Water development projects have altered the environmental flow landscapes where dams and diversions have been built, and this could have effects on coastal resources, particularly in estuaries. Water is an important human resource and water needs grow as populations grow.  However, freshwater inflow to the coast is fundamental to the functioning of estuaries.  Can we have stable, secure, and sufficient water resources for people and still protect estuarine health?  Estuaries are the most productive environments on Earth, and this is in part due to freshwater inflow, which dilutes marine water, and transports nutrients and sediments to the coast.  Estuaries are characterized by salinity and nutrient gradients, which are important in regulating many biological processes.  As water is diverted for human consumption, it is common for many environmental problems to appear.  While many countries have water quality programs, few are dealing with water quantity alterations. The first step is to define marine resources to protect, and the water quality conditions those resources need to thrive. The second step is to determine the flow regimes needed to maintain the desired water quality conditions.  Finally, many regions are using adaptive management programs to manage freshwater resources.  These programs set goals to protect ecosystem resources, identify indicators, and monitor the indicators over time to ensure that the goals are appropriate and resources are protected.  Case studies demonstrate that monitoring and research can determine the ecological and socio-economical impacts of altered freshwater inflows, and stakeholders and managers can make well-informed decisions to manage freshwater inflows to local coasts wisely. ​

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Montagna, Paul A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Conceptual Model of Estuary Ecosystems

    Montagna, Paul A. (et al.)

    Pages 5-21

  • Case Studies

    Montagna, Paul A. (et al.)

    Pages 23-78

  • Summary: Water Supply, People, and the Future

    Montagna, Paul A. (et al.)

    Pages 79-81

Buy this book

eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-5833-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-5832-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hydrological Changes and Estuarine Dynamics
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5833-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5833-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5832-6
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 94
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 24 illustrations in colour
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