12.12.2009 -

Practical Experiments Guide For Ecohydrology in English

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Just Published book on "Practical Experiments Guide For Ecohydrology" in English. Manual UNESCO IHP, BRESCE, ICCE, ERCE, University of Algarve, 122 pp., Chicharo L. et al (eds.) 2009

Aquatic ecosystems are under increasing pressure due to human activities and changing natural phenomena. Addressing water quality and quantity issues is a crucial matter for human existence and biodiversity conservation. Water ecosystems are used as sources and sinks by a large number of similar activities occurring worldwide. Thus, similar water problems and degradation can be related to similar causes, having similar consequences in different world aquatic ecosystems.

Ecohydrology provides the tools to deal with aquatic ecosystems degradation. Ecohydrology is based on a holistic approach to aquatic ecosystems that integrates hydrology and biology for finding the most adequate solutions for the benefit of society and ecosystems. Ecohydrology is a recent science and its application worldwide is growing particularly since “Ecohydrology for Sustainability” was established as one of the five pillars of the 7th Phase of the International Hydrologic Program of UNESCO.

Aiming to contribute to the dissemination of the Ecohydrology concept in different types of aquatic ecosystems, this book proposes a series of practical experiments, mostly requiring non-sophisticated laboratory equipment and conditions. The experiments proposed will provide to the water science students a practical knowledge of the methods to identify, analyse and design solutions to water and biodiversity degradation. The student will be guided to analyse and discuss the results of the experiment and draw her/his own conclusions. For further discussion, questions or suggestions readers may use the book webpage htt://www.icce-unesco.org.

The Editors are most grateful to the many colleagues that, from around the world, contributed with their knowledge and experience to make this book possible. Special acknowledgment is due to Dr. Philippe Pypaert, from UNESCO Venice Office, who enthusiastically supported the development and dissemination of the Ecohydrology concept since its beginning.

By doing this book the Editors hope to contribute to the creation of a broad vision of the processes occurring at the river basin including coastal regions, mastering the linkage between systems and comprising all the aspects of the water cycle that will allow students and water professionals to develop the integrated ecohydrology based solutions to restore, sustain and improve water quality and biodiversity in our aquatic ecosystems.

UNESDOC Download : http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001858/185854e.pdf

Source : International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology http://www.icce-unesco.org

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