Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach

Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach

Editor(s): Rüdiger Wagner, Jürgen Marxsen, Peter Zwick, Eileen J. Cox

Published Online: 10 JAN 2012 06:17AM EST

Print ISBN: 9783527329526

Online ISBN: 9783527634651

DOI: 10.1002/9783527634651

About this Book

Pollution of freshwater resources becomes an issue in virtually every country undergoing an industrialization process. While the main emphasis has been for many years on lakes due to their limited capacity of self-renewal, streams and rivers attract increasing attention due to their importance for agriculture, fisheries, drinking water reserves and as feeder of freshwater lakes and reservoirs. There are many factors influencing the ecology of streams, only some of them relating to direct anthropogenic influences and it is important to have reliable long term data on natural occurring variations in order to better estimate the `default' status of a stream and to judge the influence of modern anthropogenic influences.

The Breitenbach is one of the best-studied streams on earth, as the nearby Max-Planck Outstation in Schlitz was founded in 1949 and scientists there have been collecting data ever since.

Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach is the result of this research, and special focus has been placed on animal and microorganism occurrence and variation as well as chemical and physical parameters. Already this data influences the discussion of the `good ecological state' reference values and it will be in particular useful to analyze the effect of global warming on the ecology of streams.

An invaluable data basis for modeling purposes, this important book is a useful resource for everyone in the world dealing with stream ecology, for example limnologists, ecologists, biologists and hydrologists. 

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 2

      The Breitenbach and Its Catchment (pages 5–19)

      Dr. Jürgen Marxsen, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wagner and Hans-Heinrich Schmidt

    3. Chapter 4

      Detrital Energy Sources (pages 73–97)

      Dr. Jürgen Marxsen and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wagner

    4. Chapter 5

      Primary Producers (pages 99–129)

      Dr. Eileen J. Cox, Dr. Jürgen Marxsen and Thomas G. Horvath

    5. Chapter 7

      The Fauna of the Breitenbach (pages 195–485)

      Prof. Dr. Peter Zwick, Georg Becker, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wagner, Joachim Reidelbach and Heino Christl

    6. Chapter 8

      Ecosystem Breitenbach (pages 487–583)

      Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wagner, Dr. Jürgen Marxsen, Hans-heinrich Schmidt, Michael Obach and Prof. Dr. Peter Zwick

    7. Chapter 9

      Summary (pages 585–600)

      Georg Becker, Dr. Eileen J. Cox, Dr. Jürgen Marxsen, Hans-heinrich Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wagner and Prof. Dr. Peter Zwick

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