The web-approach: a tool in water management

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    A study to gather research priorities for ecological water management showed that there is a need for knowledge of reference frameworks, of disturbance-effect relations and of assessment systems. It is argued that the pursued stage of a water should not be defined in terms of a static reference, in terms of potential directions of ecological development. This asks for a web-approach; a web of more and less described stages in the developmental series of water systems, and their mutual interrelations. The difference is shown between the measurement of a water and its valuation. The valuation of a water and thus the application of an assessment system can be directed towards one (complex of) environmental factor(s) or towards the whole ecosystem. The assessment of the whole ecosystem is best met by using framework of developmental stages of ecosystems: the web-approach. It is expected that in future ecological research will be directed towards prediction, again, the web-approach offers possibilities. -from Author

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEcological water management in practice
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings and Information
    EditorsJ.C. Hooghart, C.W.S. Posthumus
    Place of PublicationEde, The Netherlands
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

    Publication series

    NameTechnical Meeting
    PublisherTNO Committee on Hydrological Research


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