Water resources in Europe in the context of vulnerability : EEA 2012 state of water assessment
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Water plays a central role in the functioning of the biosphere and in supporting all life. Freshwater ecosystems are particularly important, providing a unique and diverse array of services upon which human society depends. These services include 'provisioning' services, such as the provision of water for agriculture and hydropower. They also include 'regulating' services, where water helps regulate our environment, such as by flood control or the breaking down of pollutants. If our freshwater ecosystems are to continue to provide these services it is essential that there is water in sufficient quantity and of sufficient quality. This report primarily focuses on the problem of water quantity in Europe. Water quantity varies naturally according to the seasons, the geography of Europe's regions, and the different types of water bodies (including lakes, rivers, wetlands and sub-surface groundwater bodies). This natural variation can be seen in periodic flooding and droughts, both of which have long been a feature of Europe's landscapes. Many ecosystems, habitats and species types have evolved to deal with precisely this type of variation in the hydrological cycle.
Citation“Vanneuville, Wouter; Werner, Beate. 2012. Water resources in Europe in the context of vulnerability : EEA 2012 state of water assessment. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated ; European Environment Agency.All rights reservedBibl. : p. 82-92.European Union document
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