For the first time, this book reviews the available rather scattered literature on the impacts of drought on the flora, fauna and ecological processes of aquatic ecosystems ranging from small ponds to lakes and from streams to estuaries. The effects of drought on the biota of standing waters and flowing waters and of temporary waters and perennial systems are described and compared. In addition, the ways in which human activity can exacerbate droughts are outlined. In many parts of the world especially in the mid latitudes, global warming may result in increases in the duration and intensity of droughts.
Drought and Aquatic Ecosystems is essential reading for freshwater ecologists, water resource managers and advanced students.
Keywords: Freshwater Ecology, drought and the ecology of aquatic systems, drought as a meteorological event, drought as an ecological disturbance, how drought affects aquatic ecosystems, how organisms react to drought, how ecological processes react to drought, human activity and drought, long-term effects of drought, drought-prone systems