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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field over two volumes. With over 40 chapters, the books situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between sub-fields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice. Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change.

Human Impacts on Lacustrine Ecosystems
Human impacts on lacustrine ecosystems
Richard W.BattarbeeHelenBennionPeterGellNeilRose
1 Introduction

Lacustrine ecosystems vary across the world in their form, origin, age and biodiversity ranging from ancient natural lakes of Tertiary age, such as Lake Baikal and Tanganyika, to newly created artificial lakes and impoundments constructed for human use. Most lakes throughout the world have been modified, intentionally or unintentionally, by human activity. Many are used as a source of water for irrigation, drinking water supply and hydro power. Large lakes especially have been hydrologically controlled to prevent flooding or modified to create reservoirs for potable water supply causing habitat instability, particularly in the littoral zones. And water abstraction in dry and subhumid regions of the world have caused severe problems for flow and water-level ...

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