A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Lakes in the era of global change : moving beyond single‐lake thinking in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (2021)

Heino, J., Alahuhta, J., Bini, L. M., Cai, Y., Heiskanen, A., Hellsten, S., Kortelainen, P., Kotamäki, N., Tolonen, K. T., Vihervaara, P., Vilmi, A., & Angeler, D. G. (2021). Lakes in the era of global change : moving beyond single‐lake thinking in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Biological Reviews, 96(1), 89-106. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12647

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All authors or editors: Heino, Jani; Alahuhta, Janne; Bini, Luis Mauricio; Cai, Yongjiu; Heiskanen, Anna‐Stiina; Hellsten, Seppo; Kortelainen, Pirkko; Kotamäki, Niina; Tolonen, Kimmo T.; Vihervaara, Petteri; et al.

Journal or series: Biological Reviews

ISSN: 1464-7931

eISSN: 1469-185X

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 96

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 89-106

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12647

Publication open access: Not open

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Web address of parallel published publication (pre-print): https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/337523


The Anthropocene presents formidable threats to freshwater ecosystems. Lakes are especially vulnerable and important at the same time. They cover only a small area worldwide but harbour high levels of biodiversity and contribute disproportionately to ecosystem services. Lakes differ with respect to their general type (e.g. land‐locked, drainage, floodplain and large lakes) and position in the landscape (e.g. highland versus lowland lakes), which contribute to the dynamics of these systems. Lakes should be generally viewed as ‘meta‐systems’, whereby biodiversity is strongly affected by species dispersal, and ecosystem dynamics are contributed by the flow of matter and substances among locations in a broader waterscape context. Lake connectivity in the waterscape and position in the landscape determine the degree to which a lake is prone to invasion by non‐native species and accumulation of harmful substances. Highly connected lakes low in the landscape accumulate nutrients and pollutants originating from ecosystems higher in the landscape. The monitoring and restoration of lake biodiversity and ecosystem services should consider the fact that a high degree of dynamism is present at local, regional and global scales. However, local and regional monitoring may be plagued by the unpredictability of ecological phenomena, hindering adaptive management of lakes. Although monitoring data are increasingly becoming available to study responses of lakes to global change, we still lack suitable integration of models for entire waterscapes. Research across disciplinary boundaries is needed to address the challenges that lakes face in the Anthropocene because they may play an increasingly important role in harbouring unique aquatic biota as well as providing ecosystem goods and services in the future.

Keywords: natural diversity; biodiversity; aquatic ecosystems; ecosystem services; fresh water; lakes; tracking; resilience; restoration of water systems

Free keywords: biological diversity; ecosystem change; fresh waters; meta‐system; monitoring; resilience; restoration

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Reporting Year: 2021

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