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Water towers – a global view on the hydrological importance of mountains


Viviroli, Daniel; Weingartner, Rolf (2008). Water towers – a global view on the hydrological importance of mountains. In: Wiegandt, Ellen. Mountains: Sources of water, sources of knowledge. Dordrecht (NL): Springer, 15-20.

Abstract

Mountains and highlands are often referred to as natural 'water towers' because they provide lowlands with essential freshwater for irrigation and food production, for industrial use, and for the domestic needs of rapidly growing urban populations. Therefore, better knowledge about mountain water resources in different climatic zones is essential for adequate management of these resources. In this chapter, a data-based approach is used that enables the quantification of the hydrological significance of mountains. The study reveals that the world's major water towers are found in arid and semi-arid zones and that pressure on mountain water resources in general will sharpen due to climatic change, population growth, and competing use.

Abstract

Mountains and highlands are often referred to as natural 'water towers' because they provide lowlands with essential freshwater for irrigation and food production, for industrial use, and for the domestic needs of rapidly growing urban populations. Therefore, better knowledge about mountain water resources in different climatic zones is essential for adequate management of these resources. In this chapter, a data-based approach is used that enables the quantification of the hydrological significance of mountains. The study reveals that the world's major water towers are found in arid and semi-arid zones and that pressure on mountain water resources in general will sharpen due to climatic change, population growth, and competing use.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:23 Jul 2015 08:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:19
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Advances in Global Change Research
ISSN:1574-0919
ISBN:978-1-4020-6747-1
Additional Information:Advances in Global Change Research, 31. Springer, Dordrecht, NL.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6748-8_2
Official URL:http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402067471
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/zbz/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=ZAD&doc=ebi01_prod009852026 (Library Catalogue)

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