Über den Autor
Piet Nienhuis (Groningen, 29 October 1938) passed through an international career of 40 years as researcher (biologist, ecologist) and research leader at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, and as professor and director at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and the Free University Brussels (Belgium). He was chairman and advisor of services of the European Commission and several Dutch governmental departments. He published hundreds of scientific publications, mainly devoted to ecology and environmental sciences, in particular to estuarine and river ecology and management. After his retirement in 2003 he continued his writing activities, together with his editorial and advisory work.
Part 1 - Human occupation and management of a fertile DeltanCHAPTER 2 - Prehistory and early history of the DeltanCHAPTER 3 - The Delta in the late middle ages (800 - 1500)nCHAPTER 4 - Technical achievements in river management (1500 - 1800)nCHAPTER 5 - River management after 1800: complete regulation and canalisationn Part 2 - The legacy of human interventionnCHAPTER 6 - Changes in the relation between man and naturenCHAPTER 7 - Land use: agriculture and use of woodnCHAPTER 8 - River fisheries through the agesnCHAPTER 9 - Floods and flood protectionnCHAPTER 10 - Human intervention in the SW DeltanCHAPTER 11 - Human intervention in tributaries of the large rivers Part 3 - History of industrial pollution and its controlnCHAPTER 12 - Changing Rhine ecosystems: pollution and rehabilitationnCHAPTER 13 - Changing Meuse ecosystems: pollution and rehabilitationnCHAPTER 14 - Pollution and rehabilitation of the aquatic environment in the Delta Part 4 - Ecology of biota in a man-made landscape: deterioration and rehabilitationnCHAPTER 15 - River-fish fauna of the DeltanCHAPTER 16 - Eelgrass wax and wane: a case studynCHAPTER 17 - Exotics and invasions of plants and animalsnCHAPTER 18 - Changes in biodiversity: lower organisms, vegetation and floranCHAPTER 19 - Changes in biodiversity: birds and mammals and their use Part 5 - An ecological story on evolving human - environmental relations coping with climate change and sea-level rise - a synthesisnCHAPTER 20 - The making of the DeltanCHAPTER 21 - The future of the Delta
This unique text presents the environmental history of the lowland delta of the rivers Rhine and Meuse. It is an ecological story of evolving human-environmental relations and how they cope with climate change and sea-level rise. The text offers a combination of in-depth ecology and environmental history. The synthesis presents a blueprint for future management and restoration, from progressive reclamation of land in the past, to adaptation of human needs to the forces of nature.
The first book written in English on integrated environmental history of the Delta from pre-historic times up to the present day
Presents an ecological story on evolving human-environmental relations coping with climate change and sea-level rise
The strength of the book is the combination of in depth ecology and environmental history