Fundamentals of Irrigation and On-farm Water Management:, Volume 1

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 8, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 560 pages
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Agriculture is one of the few industries that has been creating resources conti- ously from nature. Sustainability of this industry is a crucial issue at now-a-days. Agricultural technologies are important to feed the growing world population. Agricultural engineering has been applying scienti?c principles for the optimal use of natural resources in agricultural production for the bene?t of humankind. The role of agricultural engineering is increasing in the coming days at the forthcoming challenges of producing more food with less water coupled with climate uncertainty. I am happy to know that a book entitled "Fundamentals of Irrigation and On-farm Water Management", written by Engr. Dr. M. H. Ali, is going to be p- lished by Springer. The book is designed to cover the major ?elds of agricultural and environmental engineering such as weather, plant, soil, water, and basics of on-farm water management. The book will be quite useful for the students of agricultural engineering. Students of other related branches of engineering s- ences, and engineers working in the ?eld and at research institutes will also be beni?ted. The book may serve as a text book for the students and as a practical hand-book for the practitioners and researchers in the ?eld of irrigation and on-farm water management. Utilization of the recent literature in the area and citation of relevant journals / reports have added a special value to this book. Considering the topics covered, engineers, scientists, practitioners, and educators will ?nd this book as a valuable resource.
 

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Contents

Introduction Perspectives and General Concept of Irrigation
1
Fundamentals of Irrigation Development and Planning
11
Weather A Driving Force in Determining Irrigation Demand
31
Soil A Media for Plant Growth
107
Plant A Machinery of Water Absorption
219
Water An Element of Irrigation
271
Field Water Balance
331
SoilWaterPlantAtmosphere Relationship
373
Crop Water Requirement and Irrigation Scheduling
399
Measurement of Irrigation Water
453
Water Conservation and Harvesting
489
Economics in Irrigation Management and Project Evaluation
511
Index
557
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