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Biological Monitoring of Aquatic Systems

1st Edition

By Stanford, L. Loeb, Anne Spacie

CRC Press

400 pages

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Hardback: 9780873719100
pub: 1994-01-24
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With regional, national, and global processes affecting both the structure and function of lakes and rivers, assessment methodology must encompass many attributes to evaluate the impact of these processes on water quality. Many of the changes in biological communities correlate to resource exploitation, nonpoint pollutant interactions, and habitat alteration - factors that can be missed by routine chemical sampling. This creates the need for ecologically-based approaches to this problem.

Biological monitoring is a fundamental part of an ecologically-based approach. Biological Monitoring of Aquatic Systems brings together contributions by authors recognized as leaders in the development and utilization of biological monitoring techniques for freshwater ecosystems. It provides a conceptual framework for the use of biological monitoring to assess the environmental health of freshwater resources.

Biological monitoring is an important part of any water quality assessment program. Biological Monitoring of Aquatic Systems provides you with an understanding of water resources. It includes discussions concerning historical development, ecological basis, experimental design characteristics, case studies, and future concerns. As efforts to maintain and restore the world's water resources intensify, the need to develop accurate methods to assess the health of these resources becomes critical.

Table of Contents


An Ecological Context for Biological Monitoring, S.L. Loeb

Background and Perspective

Historical Perspective and Future Direction of Biological Monitoring of Aquatic Systems, H.B.N. Hynes

What are the Requirements for an Effective Biomonitor? R. Patrick

European Perspective on Biological Monitoring, P.F. Ghetti and O. Ravera

Experimental Design

The Statistical Validity of Biomonitoring Data , J. Cairns, Jr. and E.P. Smith

Implementation of Large-Scale Stream Monitoring Efforts: Sampling Design and Data Analysis Issues, L.L. Conquest, S.C. Ralph, and R.J. Naiman

Spatial and Temporal Variation in Biological Monitoring Data, A.J. Stewart and J.M. Loar

Use of Ecoregions in Biological Monitoring, R.M. Hughes, S.A. Heiskary, W.J. Matthews, and C.O. Yoder

Community Response

Bioassessment and Analysis of Functional Organization of Running Water Ecosystems, K.W. Cummins

Biodiversity, Biomonitoring, and the Structure of Stream Fish Communities, P.B. Moyle

Using Benthic Macroinvertebrate Community Structure for Rapid, Cost-Effective, Water Quality Monitoring: Rapid Bioassessment, D.R. Lenat and M.T. Barbour

Landscape Position, Scaling, and the Spatial Temporal Variability of Ecological Parameters: Considerations for Biological Monitoring, T.K. Kratz, J.J. Magnuson, T.M. Frost, B.J. Benson, and S.R. Carpenter

Paleoreconstruction of the Environmental Status of Aquatic Systems, D.F. Charles, J.P. Smol, and D.R. Engstrom

Program Considerations

Biological Monitoring in the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program, S.G. Paulson and R.A. Linthurst

Design Considerations for Biological Components of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program, M.E. Gurtz


Biological Monitoring: Challenges for the Future, J.R. Karr

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology