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Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People

Editors: Kawanabe, Hiroya, Nishino, Machiko, Maehata, Masayoshi (Eds.)

  • First complete compilation of the interaction between humans and nature around Lake Biwa
  • First complete compilation of Lake Biwa's changing environments and biota
  • Describes all current problems and their solutions associated with Lake Biwa
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About this book

This book focuses on the long-term interactions between people and nature in and around Lake Biwa, one of the oldest lakes in the world. Accordingly, it not only covers the characteristics of the biota of this ancient lake, but also approaches it as a ‘cultural ancient lake.’
Furthermore, various problems affecting the lake, especially recent environmental changes that occurred before and after Japan’s rapid economic growth of the 1950s and 60s, are reviewed, including water pollution, lakeshore development and the reclamation of attached lakes, alien and invasive species, and problems related to the recent warming of the climate.
Lastly, by analyzing data on these problems collected by the local government and residents of the lake basin, the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the future of Lake Biwa and people’s lifestyles. As such, it provides indispensable information for all people engaged in improving and conserving water regimes around the world, as well as people interested in the culture and history of Japan.

About the authors

Hiroya Kawanabe is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and Curator Emeritus of the Lake Biwa Museum.  He is the Founding Director of the Center for Ecological Research, past President of the International Society of Species in Ancient Lakes, the Ecological Society of Japan and the Japanese Society of Ecology and Civil Engineering.  His research themes are community ecology and life-culture diversity.

Machiko Nishino is the Head of the Integrated Analysis Division at the Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute. Her research themes are ecology of freshwater invertebrates and conservation ecology.

Masayoshi Maehata is a Professor at Kobe Gakuin University and Curator Emeritus of the Lake Biwa Museum. Research themes are fish ecology and conservation ecology.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Geological History and Transition of the Biota of Lake Biwa

    Takahashi, Keiichi

    Pages 1-29

  • Biodiversity of Lake Biwa

    Nishino, Machiko

    Pages 31-153

  • Ecological Changes in Lake Biwa

    Nishino, Machiko

    Pages 155-238

  • History of the Relationship between People and Lake Biwa

    Yoda, Masaharu

    Pages 239-307

  • The Use of Lake Biwa and People’s Lifestyle

    Maehata, Masayoshi

    Pages 309-369

Buy this book

eBook $179.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1783-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $299.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-007-1782-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $229.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0568-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People
Editors
  • Hiroya Kawanabe
  • Machiko Nishino
  • Masayoshi Maehata
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1783-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1783-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1782-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0568-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 744
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