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When trends intersect: The challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios

Jenny Davis, Anthony P O'Grady, Allan Dale, Angela H Arthington, Peter A Gell, Patrick D Driver, Nick Bond, Michelle Casanova, Max Finlayson, Robyn J Watts, Samantha J Capon, Ivan Nagelkerken, Reid Tingley, Brian Fry, Timothy J Page, Alison Specht



Intensification of the use of natural resources is a world-wide trend driven by the increasing demand for water, food, fibre, minerals and energy. These demands are the result of a rising world population, increasing wealth and greater global focus on economic growth. Land use intensification, together with climate change, is also driving intensification of the global hydrological cycle. Both processes will have major socio-economic and ecological implications for global water availability. In this paper we focus on the implications of land use intensification for the conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems using Australia as an example. We consider this in the light of intensif..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) via the Northern Futures Collaborative Research Network Program (CRN), the Australian Government's Stream 2 Climate Adaptation Program and ACEAS, the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. ACEAS is a facility of the Australian Government-funded Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (, a research infrastructure facility established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Education Infrastructure Fund Super Science Initiative. We also acknowledge co-investment from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The contribution of Ian Kidd in developing the reference library for this paper is also gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of any Australian government agency or other organisation.