freshwatersFreshwaters of New Zealand
Jon Harding, Paul Mosley, Charles Pearson, & Brian Sorrell (Editors).

Published 2004.
ISBN 0-476-00708-9
700 pages

Prices (incl. postage & packing): 
New Zealand 1 copy = NZ$83.95; 2 copies = NZ$165.90; 3 copies = $247.85
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Freshwaters of New Zealand has been written by a team of eighty scientists and managers. It provides an up-to-date survey and synthesis of our knowledge of the streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes of New Zealand. There is a strong emphasis on our distinctive environment, science and management, but this is always underpinned by knowledge developed internationally. The 46 chapters cover a range of information, concepts and theories, arranged in five sections: the hydrological cycle, running water systems, lakes and wetlands, subsurface waters, and applications and issues in water management. The book is designed for students, managers, and scientists, working in a wide range of disciplines, who require an introduction to the field of freshwater science and management, and an entry point into the wider literature.

A long white cloud, snow and glaciers, tranquil lakes — part of the image that attracts thousands of tourists to New Zealand, and encourages many into careers as water managers and scientists. But there is far more to the freshwaters of New Zealand than these. Our knowledge of fresh water, aquatic biota and ecosystems has advanced rapidly in recent years. In addition to the "icons"— the salmon fisheries of the South Island, the blue duck of our mountain rivers — less well known life forms are receiving increasing attention, such as the animals that live in groundwater, often deep below the surface. To classic concepts such as the hydrological cycle and the river continuum, scientists are adding new hypotheses and theories, new management tools are being developed, and improved methods to facilitate community involvement are being applied.


What others think

FRESHWATERS OF NEW ZEALAND edited by Jon Harding, Paul Mosley, Charles Pearson, Brian Sorrell. Published by New Zealand Hydrological Society (PO Box 12-300, Wellington) and New Zealand Limnological Society, 700pp, $69.95 ($14 postage and packaging).
The hydrology and ecology of New Zealand rivers and lakes is presented in great detail in this book published by New Zealand hydrologists and limnologists. It is complementary to Groundwaters of New Zealand, published two years ago. The book will be a useful reference for scientists, students, resource managers and others whose interest is water and what goes on in it. Of particular significance are chapters dealing with currently newsworthy topics such as in-stream values, human health, wetlands, and the impacts of forestry, dams and pests. Many of the chapters deal with topics related to the negative impacts of our society on freshwater and how these may be avoided and remedied. An excellent resource to promote sustainable management of Canterbury's lifeblood - water.
Howard Williams. The Press (16 October 2004)


Foreword - J. Morgan Williams
1. Advances in freshwater sciences and management in New Zealand Ross Woods & Clive Howard-Williams
2. Atmospheric circulation and precipitation Jim Salinger, Warren Gray, Brett Mullan & David Wratt
3. Evaporation and transpiration David Scotter & Francis Kelliher
4. Soil water, runoff and streamflow generation Tim Davie
5. Seasonal snow and water Ian Owens & Blair Fitzharris
6. Glaciers - perennial snow and ice Trevor Chinn
7. Flow regimes Maurice Duncan & Ross Woods
8. Rivers and the riverscape Paul Mosley
9. Catchments, streamflow and the use of models Richard Ibbitt, Alistair McKerchar & Ross Woods
10. Floods and low flows Charles Pearson & Roddy Henderson
11. Water quality and chemistry in running waters Rob Davies-Colley & Bob Wilcock
12. Stream sediment load and organic matter Murray Hicks, John Quinn & Noel Trustrum
13. Stream communities and ecosystem processes Mike Winterbourn
14. Aquatic and riparian vegetation of rivers and streams Paula Reeves, Kevin Collier & Alaistair Suren
15. Periphyton Barry Biggs & Cathy Kilroy
16. Stream invertebrates Mike Winterbourn
17. Fish communities in rivers and streams Angus McIntosh & Robert McDowall
18. River bird communities Colin O'Donnell
19. Geomorphology and hydrology of lakes Paul Mosley
20. Hydrology of wetlands Dave Campbell & Rick Jackson
21. Physical and chemical characteristics of lake water Ian Hawes, Rob Davies-Colley & David Hamilton
22. Primary production in the open water Marc Schallenberg
23. Food webs in lakes David Rowe & Marc Schallenberg
24. Littoral algal and macrophyte communities Mary de Winton & Anne-Maree Schwarz
25. Littoral invertebrate and fish communities Dave Kelly & Robert McDowall
26. Bird communities of lakes and wetlands Murray Williams
27. Aquatic invaders and pest species in lakes Gerard Closs, Tracie Dean, Paul Champion & Deborah Hofstra
28. Wetland ecosystems Brian Sorrell & Philippe Gerbeaux
29. Groundwater systems Graham Fenwick, Hugh Thorpe & Paul White
30. Biota of cold-water and geothermal springs Russell Death, José Barquín & Mike Scarsbrook
31. Karst systems Paul Williams
32. Hyporheic zones Greg Burrell & Mike Scarsbrook
33. Impacts of forestry Barry Fahey, Maurice Duncan & John Quinn
34. Impacts of agricultural land use Stephanie Parkyn & Bob Wilcock
35. Effects of urbanisation on streams Alaistair Suren & Sandy Elliott
36. Impacts of mining Jon Harding & Ian Boothroyd
37. Impacts of hydro-dams, irrigation schemes and river control works Roger Young, Graeme Smart & Jon Harding
38. River restoration Alaistair Suren, Shelley McMurtrie & Leanne O'Brien
39. Lake restoration David Rowe
40. Wetland management and restoration Brian Sorrell, Paula Reeves & Beverley Clarkson
41. Sport fishery management Neil Deans, Martin Unwin & Maurice Rodway
42. Values and uses of water Christina Robb & John Bright
43. Analysis of instream values Ian Jowett & Paul Mosley
44. Management and conservation of natural waters Chris Richmond, Victoria Froude, Andrew Fenemor & Bob Zuur
45. Managing water-related risk David Painter
46. Water and human health David Slaney & Philip Weinstein

The Society is grateful to Aqualinc for their annual sponsorship.