"UNDERSTANDING AND EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES ON AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS"
The impact of human activities on aquatic ecosystems and resource management methods
The use of water resources has increased exponentially over the last century, in line with rising population. At the same time, human activities – agricultural and industrial ones in particular – have had a significant adverse effect on the quality of fresh water and have degraded aquatic environments. Therefore maintaining the quantity and quality of water in order to meet human consumption needs and ensure that ecosystems can function is now a serious challenge.
For researchers, this means looking at the interactions between human activities and the resource system. These interactions are studied from the point of view of both quantity and quality, and through various disciplinary perspectives, to give us a better understanding of how water resources function intrinsically, the extent of changes and the issues relating to water management.
Research groups linked to water