The lakes handbook, volume II: lake restoration and rehabilitation, edited by Patrick E. O'Sullivan and Colin S. Reynolds. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2004. 560 pp. 125.00. ISBN 063204795X

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  • Copyright # 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

    AQUATIC CONSERVATION: MARINE AND FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

    Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 16: 547548 (2006)

    BOOK REVIEW

    THE LAKES HANDBOOK, VOLUME II: LAKERESTORATION AND REHABILITATION, editedby Patrick E. OSullivan and Colin S. Reynolds.Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2004. 560 pp. 125.00.ISBN 063204795X.

    The publication of Volume II of The Lakes Handbookcompletes this turn of the century synthesis and reviewof both theoretical and applied limnology. WhereasVolume I is largely theoretical and focuses on thebiological, chemical and physical properties of standingwater ecosystems, Volume II addresses management andrestoration and is supported by in-depth case studies.The Lakes Handbook is a natural successor to The RiversHandbook, published by Blackwell in 1992, and followsa similar two-volume format with chapters contributedby key researchers in each eld.The book is divided into ve parts which together

    address the various facets of modern lake managementsuch as philosophy, practical approaches (supportedextensively by case studies), and legal frameworksdriving lake protection and rehabilitation. Part oneincludes a thought-provoking contribution fromPatrick OSullivan on the value of lakes in whichnaturalness, as informed by palaeolimnology, ispresented as a motivation for, and measure of, lakemanagement and protection. This reference-basedapproach to lake management is now enshrinedwithin the EC Water Framework Directive and somelink to these legislative processes would have beeninteresting.Much of the volume comprises detailed exami-

    nations of lake management issues and approaches,either by region or by lake type. The regional chaptersdeal with lakes in North America, Europe, Asia and aridregions, whilst the type-specic section covers shallowtemperate lakes, shallow tropical lakes and reservoirs.These chapters focus on the limnology, history andmanagement of a range of well-known lakes. LakesWashington and Baikal and the Aral Sea are addressedin depth and there are two chapters dealing withEuropean alpine lakes and northern European lakes.The well-documented history of degradation of theAral Sea is covered twice, by W.D. Williams chapteron arid lakes and also as a great lake of Asia byL.G. Butorina.Part three includes a short but comprehensive

    overview by Geo Phillips of eutrophication ofshallow eutrophic lakes in temperate regions and a

    companion chapter on eutrophication in shallowtropical lakes by Patrick Osborne. Some overlapin material is inevitable in such closely related chaptersand in edited volumes and there are other instances inthe book where similar topics are repeated. However,the nature of The Lakes Handbook is such that manyreaders will consult individual chapters in isolationand all of the chapters are comprehensive enough tostand alone.Two chapters worthy of note were completed by the

    editors and second authors following the deaths of W.T.Edmondson and M. Straskraba who provided chapterson Lake Washington and the limnology of reservoirs,respectively. The latter will be a useful summary forthose trying to understand how to apply traditionallimnological understanding to articial and highlymanaged systems.Part four is likely to be of most interest to those

    engaged in lake management or applied research. Thisincludes a critical review of the export-coecient modelfor predicting nutrient loadings, a model widely appliedin the UK in recent years. Walter Rast and JereyThornton contribute an excellent overview of the hugelyinuential OECD Eutrophication Programme led byVollenweider in the early 1980s. The OECD modelhas been used in many situations and continues to bean invaluable lake management tool when used withcaution.Sven-Erik Jrgensens chapter ambitiously deals

    with the full breadth of mechanisms and processes inlakes that have been subject to modelling, coveringeutrophication, oxygen, ecotoxicology, acidication,stratication, sh predation and biomanipulation. Alsoincluded in this part are chapters on practicalrestoration of enriched lakes and acidied lakesand a detailed examination of biomanipulation as amanagement tool.The chapters in the nal part of the book deal

    with a variety of legal frameworks in dierentcountries. This part of the book is likely to becomeoutdated rapidly and can only give an introductionto the complex interplay of legal and economicframeworks that control the status and future of theworlds lakes.The two volumes of The Lakes Handbook successfully

    provide an up-to-date and comprehensive overview ofall aspects of pure and applied limnology and will be avaluable source of information, both for undergraduateand postgraduate students and those involved in lakemanagement. Volume II provides an entry point into

  • key areas of limnology for those who have limitedtime to search the extensive literature. Althoughrelatively expensive, the two volumes provide anexcellent synthesis and will be well placed in thelibrary of any institution involved in pure limnology orlake management.

    Stewart ClarkeEnglish Nature, Peterborough, UK

    Published online in Wiley InterScience(www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/aqc.757

    Copyright # 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 16: 547548 (2006)

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