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Aquatic Plant Research > Understanding Aquatic Plants > Community Composition > Human Impacts on Aquatic Plant Distribution and Abundance

Aquatic Plant Research Human Impacts on Aquatic Plant Distribution and Abundance

University of Wisconsin-Madison and DNR Science Services were asked to write a book chapter in the Encyclopedia of Inland Waters that addresses human impacts on aquatic plant distribution and abundance. The article explores the variety of ways that people, through activities on land and water, both inadvertently and purposefully affect the distribution and abundance of aquatic plants. Researchers cover several specific mechanisms including: eutrophication, UV radiation, acid rain, increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, invasive species introductions, aquatic plant management (chemical, mechanical, biological, and physical), and restoration. Human impacts on aquatic plant communities are numerous and involve many mechanisms, all of which may interact. Protection of these important environments requires an understanding of the factors that influence plant distribution and abundance and how human activities affect with these factors.