10 – Wetlands and hydrology

Brief Description

The purpose of this booklet is to explore the relationship between wetlands and the hydrological cycle.It gives details of the hydrological components of wetlands, the extent to which different wetlands can regulate floods, sustain flows during dry periods and recharge groundwater.It indicates how these ecosystem functions can be interrupted or eliminated by human interference in the hydrology of wetlands. It concludes that sustainable water management is best achieved through judicious utilization of the natural functions of wetlands in conjunction with new technologies for controlling the hydrological cycle.

Reference: Acreman M (2000) Wetlands and hydrology A J Crivelli, J Jalbert (eds) Conservation of Mediterranean wetlands n°10, Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat, Arles (France)

ISBN: 2-910368-32-7
Languages: English, French