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Floodplains

Processes and Management for Ecosystem Services

Jeffrey J. Opperman (Author), Peter B. Moyle (Author), Eric W. Larsen (Author), Joan L. Florsheim (Author), Amber D. Manfree (Author)

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Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 9780520294103
July 2017
$44.95, £34.95
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Floodplains provides an overview of floodplains and their management in temperate regions. It synthesizes decades of research on floodplain ecosystems, explaining hydrologic, geomorphic and ecological processes and how these processes can provide a range of benefits to society under appropriate management. Due to the widespread alteration of temperate floodplains, these benefits are often not realized. Drawing on the framework of reconciliation ecology, the authors explore how new concepts for floodplain ecosystem restoration and management can provide a broader range of benefits to society, ranging from healthy fish populations to flood-risk reduction. Case studies from California’s Central Valley and elsewhere in temperate  regions show how innovative management approaches are reshaping rivers and floodplains  around the world. 

Jeffrey J. Opperman is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Great Rivers Program and a research associate at the University of California, Davis.

Peter B. Moyle is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology and Associate Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

Eric W. Larsen is a research scientist and fluvial geomorphologist in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Joan L. Florsheim is a researcher in fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and earth-surface processes at the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Amber D. Manfree is a postdoctoral researcher in geography at the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

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