Science of the Total Environment : Seine Special Issue


Gilles Billen, Josette Garnier, Jean-Marie Mouchel

Le PIREN-Seine a édité en 2007 chez Elsevier un ouvrage scientifique en accès libre et gratuit, résumant l'ensemble des recherches effectuées au sein du programme à cette période :  Science of the Total Environment, Human activity and material fluxes in a regional river basin: the Seine River watershed, Seine Special Issue. Retrouvez ici cette publication de référence en téléchargement direct, ou en ligne sur le site de Science Direct.



Science of the Total Environment

Human activity and material fluxes in a regional river basin: the Seine River watershed

Seine Special Issue

Edited by Gilles Billen, Josette Garnier, Jean-Marie Mouchel

Volume 375, Issues 1–3, Pages 1-312 (1 April 2007)




Introduction :

The Seine basin (France) is dominated by the megalopolis of Paris (10 millions inhabitants), surrounded by intensive agricultural areas: it represents an important example of regional territory strongly affected by anthropogenic activity. In the scope of the PIREN-Seine program, an interdisciplinary study of this basin was conducted. This paper introduces a special issue of the Science of the Total Environment devoted to the results of this program. It summarizes the main features of the Seine river system, the physical characteristics of its drainage network and its watershed, and the nature and spatial distribution of human activities. The scientific approaches used for the study of the system are described, emphasizing the role of material budgeting, mathematical modeling and historical reconstruction. Some functional characteristics of the Seine watershed and drainage network are summarized, showing that the system is now essentially controlled by anthropogenic constraints.


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