Riverine flood plains: present state and future trends

@article{Tockner2002RiverineFP,
  title={Riverine flood plains: present state and future trends},
  author={Klement Tockner and Jack A. Stanford},
  journal={Environmental Conservation},
  year={2002},
  volume={29},
  pages={308 - 330}
}
Natural flood plains are among the most biologically productive and diverse ecosystems on earth. Globally, riverine flood plains cover > 2 × 106 km2, however, they are among the most threatened ecosystems. Floodplain degradation is closely linked to the rapid decline in freshwater biodiversity; the main reasons for the latter being habitat alteration, flow and flood control, species invasion and pollution. In Europe and North America, up to 90% of flood plains are already ‘cultivated’ and… 
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