Fundamentals of Hydrology

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Science - 169 pages
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Water is essential to sustain life on Earth and an understanding of water quantity and quality issues is vital for anyone involved in environmental management. Fundamentals of Hydrologyprovides an absorbing and comprehensive introduction to how fresh water moves on and around the planet and how humans affect the quantity and quality of water available to them.
The book consists of three parts, each of fundamental importance to an understanding of hydrology:
*The first section deals with processes within the hydrological cycle, our understanding of them, and how to measure and estimate the amount of water within each process.
*The second section is concerned with the assessment of important hydrological parameters such as streamflow and water quality. It describes techniques used by practising hydrologists in the assessment of water resources.
*The final section of the book draws together the first two parts to discuss how we can manage our water resources for the maximum benefit of humanity and the environment overall.
Fundamentals of Hydrologyis a lively and accessible introduction to the study of hydrology and will give undergraduates an understanding of hydrological processes, a knowledge of the techniques used to assess water resources and an up to date overview of hydrology in a changing world. Throughout the text examples and case studies from around the world are used to clearly explain ideas and techniques. Chapter summaries, essay questions, guides to further reading and a glossary are also included.

  

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Contents

PRECIPITATION
12
EVAPORATION
30
INTERCEPTION
43
RUNOFF
69
STREAMFLOW ANALYSIS
90
WATER QUALITY
106
HYDROLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD
130
Glossary
147
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Tim Davie is currently a practicing Hydrologist with Landcare Research in New Zealand. He previously lectured in the Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London.

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