( ; from Greek λίμνη, limne
, "lake" and λόγος, logos
, "knowledge"), is the study of inland waters. It is often regarded as a division of ecology
or environmental science
. It covers the biological
, and other attributes of all inland waters (running and standing waters, both fresh and saline, natural or man-made). This includes the study of lakes
. A more recent sub-discipline of limnology, termed landscape limnology
, studies, manages, and conserves these aquatic ecosystems using a landscape perspective.