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Identifying anthropogenic legacy in freshwater ecosystems


Antonelli, Marta; Laube, Patrick; Doering, Michael; Scherelis, Victoria; Wu, Sidi; Hurni, Lorenz; Heitzler, Magnus; Weber, Christine (2024). Identifying anthropogenic legacy in freshwater ecosystems. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 11(4):Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

The legacy of historic anthropogenic disturbance can significantly affect the structure and function of contemporary freshwater ecosystems. Environmental research and management that neglect anthropogenic legacy are likely to lead to a biased interpretation of present and future ecosystem dynamics. Yet, anthropogenic legacy remains poorly considered, mainly because of the challenges associated with its identification. Synthesizing past progress in legacy research, we present a conceptual framework for the systematic identification of anthropogenic legacy. We focus on the dynamic processes occurring during legacy formation (e.g., disturbance regime, ecosystem trajectories). Based on the review of relevant case studies, we discuss the historical and contemporary sources of information (e.g., communication, cartographic, paleoenvironmental sources) that can be employed for legacy identification. Finally, we provide practical examples of anthropogenic legacy identification in real‐world freshwater ecosystems. Produced in multidisciplinary collaboration, this review presents a comprehensive approach to anthropogenic legacy to foster its informed and systematic consideration in freshwater research and management.
This article is categorized under:
Science of Water > Water and Environmental Change
Water and Life > Stresses and Pressures on Ecosystems

Abstract

The legacy of historic anthropogenic disturbance can significantly affect the structure and function of contemporary freshwater ecosystems. Environmental research and management that neglect anthropogenic legacy are likely to lead to a biased interpretation of present and future ecosystem dynamics. Yet, anthropogenic legacy remains poorly considered, mainly because of the challenges associated with its identification. Synthesizing past progress in legacy research, we present a conceptual framework for the systematic identification of anthropogenic legacy. We focus on the dynamic processes occurring during legacy formation (e.g., disturbance regime, ecosystem trajectories). Based on the review of relevant case studies, we discuss the historical and contemporary sources of information (e.g., communication, cartographic, paleoenvironmental sources) that can be employed for legacy identification. Finally, we provide practical examples of anthropogenic legacy identification in real‐world freshwater ecosystems. Produced in multidisciplinary collaboration, this review presents a comprehensive approach to anthropogenic legacy to foster its informed and systematic consideration in freshwater research and management.
This article is categorized under:
Science of Water > Water and Environmental Change
Water and Life > Stresses and Pressures on Ecosystems

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Oceanography
Physical Sciences > Ecology
Life Sciences > Aquatic Science
Physical Sciences > Water Science and Technology
Physical Sciences > Ocean Engineering
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Uncontrolled Keywords:Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Ocean Engineering, Water Science and Technology, Aquatic Science, Ecology, Oceanography
Language:English
Date:1 July 2024
Deposited On:25 Apr 2024 08:24
Last Modified:06 Jul 2024 01:04
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:2049-1948
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1729
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID188692
  • : Project TitleHistoRiCH: Historical river change - Planning for the future by exploring the mapped past
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)