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Abstract

The problem of the effects produced by acid deposition in freshwater ecosystems is complex and has many aspects. Consequently, to deal with this problem, in addition to a multidisciplinary competence, the studies must be focused on the interrelationships between acid loading, physical environment and community. There is no agreement on several important aspects of the problem, because at present there is not sufficient knowledge to allow general conclusions to be drawn which are acceptable by most experts. Therefore, it seemed interesting to examine some of these aspects, i.e. 1) the influence of the watershed on the water body; 2) biological effects; 3) heavy metals; and 4) experimental acidification. In the conclusion the relative importance of detailed studies in a few freshwater ecosystems is compared with that of a research programme on a large number of ecosystems and focused on a few fundamental relationships. One may predict that from the results of the proposed programme the answers to questions concerning important problems for a better knowledge of freshwater acidification as well as for identifying the best actions to prevent and/or reduce acidification effects in aquatic ecosystems will be obtained.

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Authors: RAVERA O JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: INQUINAMENTO E RECUPERO DEI LAGHI, ROMA (ITALY), APRIL 15-18, 1985 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32002 ORA
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Record Number: 1989123057800 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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