Water Resources Research
Climatic, Hydrological, and Land Use Impacts on Large Rivers
Guest Editor(s): H. Habersack
Description: Rivers provide mankind with key benefits, such as water supply, food, hydropower, navigation, irrigation, ecosystem services, and recreation. They are fundamental to life and frequently possess major cultural significance. However, they are currently threatened by unsustainable "overuse", increasing human pressure on their catchments, and problems of increased floods and droughts driven by climate change, leading to changes in morphology, increased pollution, degradation of aquatic habitats, extinction of fish species etc. All these changes detract from the many benefits that rivers provide to mankind and rivers' continuing contribution to human needs. In order to discuss these threats and challenges, AGU intends to publish a special issue of Water Resources Research under the title "Climatic, Hydrological, and Land Use Impacts on Large Rivers," collecting and consolidating those conference papers from the World's Large Rivers Conference 2011 which focus on adaption strategies and the development of new methods to determine and mitigate hydrological alterations of large river systems in a changing environment.