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Environmental FlowsSaving Rivers in the Third Millennium$
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Angela H. Arthington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273696

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273696.001.0001

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Adapting to Climate Change

Adapting to Climate Change

(p.311) 22 Adapting to Climate Change
Environmental Flows

Angela H. Arthington

University of California Press

Aquatic ecosystems are particularly sensitive to climate change due to the high heat capacity of water, the probability of altered thermal regimes, and changes to coupled thermal-hydrological variability. This chapter draws together the strategies, options, and processes available to protect and restore vulnerable aquatic ecosystems and threatened species. Options include freshwater protected area management; restoring flow regimes; improved dam operations and floodplain management; coherent approaches to legislation, policy, and governance to support environmental flow management; and greater indigenous engagement and learning. A vigorous global river and catchment restoration effort is needed to help restore and protect ecosystems and species threatened by climatic and human stressors. Much can be achieved if humans can learn to live with and celebrate variability, diversity, and change.

Keywords:   climate change, altered thermal-hydrological variability, human stressors, vulnerable aquatic ecosystems, threatened species, river and catchment restoration, indigenous engagement

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