Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People

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Mai 2012



This book focuses on the long-term interactions between people and nature in and around Lake Biwa, one of the oldest lakes in the world. Accordingly, it not only covers the characteristics of the biota of this ancient lake, but also approaches it as a 'cultural ancient lake.'Furthermore, various problems affecting the lake, especially recent environmental changes that occurred before and after Japan's rapid economic growth of the 1950s and 60s, are reviewed, including water pollution, lakeshore development and the reclamation of attached lakes, alien and invasive species, and problems related to the recent warming of the climate. Lastly, by analyzing data on these problems collected by the local government and residents of the lake basin, the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the future of Lake Biwa and people's lifestyles. As such, it provides indispensable information for all people engaged in improving and conserving water regimes around the world, as well as people interested in the culture and history of Japan.


Chapter 1: Geological history and transition of the biota of Lake Biwa.-
Chapter 2: Biodiversity of Lake Biwa.-
Chapter 3: Ecological changes in Lake Biwa.-
Chapter 4: History of the relationship between people and Lake Biwa.-
Chapter 5: The use of Lake Biwa and people's lifestyle.-
Chapter 6: Evolving history of Lake Biwa and the Yodo River Basin management.-
Chapter 7: Environmental conservation of Lake Biwa.-
Appendix 1.-Appendix 2.-Appendix 3.-Appendix 4.-.


Hiroya Kawanabe is Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University and Curator Emeritus of the Lake Biwa Museum.  He is the Founding Director of the Center for Ecological Research, past President of the International Society of Species in Ancient Lakes, the Ecological Society of Japan and the Japanese Society of Ecology and Civil Engineering.  His research themes are community ecology and life-culture diversity.Machiko Nishino is the Head of the Integrated Analysis Division at the Lake Biwa Environmental Research Institute. Her research themes are ecology of freshwater invertebrates and conservation ecology.Masayoshi Maehata is a Professor at Kobe Gakuin University and Curator Emeritus of the Lake Biwa Museum. Research themes are fish ecology and conservation ecology.

EAN: 9789400717831
Untertitel: Interactions Between Nature and People. 2012. Auflage. 266 schwarz-weiße und 104 farbige Abbildungen, Bibliographie. eBook. Sprache: Englisch. Dateigröße in MByte: 31.
Verlag: Springer Netherlands
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2012
Seitenanzahl: xvii744
Format: pdf eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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