Three Gorges Project on the Yangtze River in China

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Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAKES AND RESERVOIRS Volume Editors

Lars Bengtsson is professor in Water Resources Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. He was previously professor of hydrology at Uppsala University and Luleå Technical University and visiting professor in the USA, Canada and Hungary. He is and has been editorial board member of a large number of scientific journals. He has published more that 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He specializes in physical processes in lakes and rivers and cold climate hydrology. Reginald Walter Herschy is a British consultant in hydrology dealing mainly with rivers, lakes and reservoirs. His work has taken him to Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Lesotho, Kenya, USA, Canada and South America. He was formerly with the UK Government for many years as head of hydrometry in England and Wales. He is the author of some 60 technical papers on hydrology and meteorological satellites and several books. He is co-editor with the late Professor Rhodes Fairbridge of the Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water Resources.

Editorial Board

Bertram Boehrer Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ Department Lake Research Brueckstrasse 3a 39114 Magdeburg Germany

János Józsa Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Civil Engineering Müegyetem rkp. 3, kmf. 8 1111 Budapest Hungary

Nikolai Filatov Northern Water Problems Institute Karelian Research Centre Russian Academy of Sciences 185003 Petrozavodsk Russia

S. Geoffrey Schladow Tahoe Environmental Research Center Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California 1 Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 USA

Aims of the Series

The Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of all the main areas in the Earth Sciences. Each volume comprises a focused and carefully chosen collection of contributions from leading names in the subject, with copious illustrations and reference lists. These books represent one of the world’s leading resources for the Earth Sciences community. Previous volumes are being updated and new works published so that the volumes will continue to be essential reading for all professional earth scientists, geologists, geophysicists, climatologists, and oceanographers as well as for teachers and students. See the back of this volume for a current list of titles in the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Go to to visit the “Earth Sciences Series” online.

About the Series Editor

Professor Charles W. Finkl has edited and/or contributed to more than eight volumes in the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. For the past 25 years he has been the Executive Director of the Coastal Education & Research Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Coastal Research. In addition to these duties, he is Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (Perth) and previousl

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