River and Lake Ice Processes—Impacts of Freshwater Ice on Aquatic Ecosystems in a Changing Globe

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December 2018
210 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-388-1 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-389-8 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue River and Lake Ice Processes—Impacts of Freshwater Ice on Aquatic Ecosystems in a Changing Globe that was published in

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Most freshwater aquatic ecosystems have focused on open-water conditions, during spring, summer, and autumn. Studies in winter during ice-covered conditions are sparse due to the logistic difficulties of sampling during freezing weather and the assumption that these ecosystems are biologically inactive during winter. There is growing evidence, however, that ice conditions can have strong impacts on the flora, fauna, and water quality of freshwater systems, dependent on the severity and duration of the winter season. The magnitude of winter conditions and the duration of the ice-covered period can also set the stage of the biological succession of flora, fauna and water-quality constituents in the subsequent spring and summer seasons (e.g., higher probability of early algal blooms with earlier ice-off dates). Climate change and changes in the type and degree of anthropogenic impacts will also influence the ice regime and hence the ecosystems of northern freshwater systems. This Special Issue provides a venue to report new findings in field-based and modelling research to highlight the importance of the ice regime and ice-induced hydraulic regime of rivers and lakes on their aquatic ecosystems.

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ice-cover; chlorophyll-a; shallow lakes; modelling; dissolved oxygen; sediments; water quality model; climate change; WASP7; surface water; upper Qu’Appelle River; increased discharge; sediment oxygen demand; hydrodynamic; water quality modeling; calibration; validation; seasonal trend; river ice; modeling; RIVICE; MODIS; the Slave River Delta; Athabasca River; Fort McMurray; ice jam flooding; river ice modelling; RIVICE; river ice; water quality; watershed; aquatic environment; winter fluvial processes; ice failure; SPH_SFDI; Drucker–Prager model; bending; uniaxial compression; cohesion softening elastic–plastic model; river ice; index of hydrological alteration; river regulation; environmental flow; climate change; lake ice phenology; weather; climate oscillations; climate change projections; ice breakup; ice freeze; ice loss; climate change; lakes; early ice-out; late ice-out; Arctic; boreal; mixing depth; phytoplankton; ice jam flooding; sustainable flood management; socio-economic system; socio-ecological system; aquatic ecosystems; field sampling; ice regime; modelling; northern lakes and rivers; water quality