Soil science: methods and applications
Experience over the last two to three decades has indicated that in many developing countries, projects have failed due to the lack of project management. This has led to an increased demand for project management training. Often current texts are based on the western concept of projects, relating primarily to industrial and infrastructure development, which are only partly relevant to development within the third world. Texts are sector specific and rarely include coverage of the full range of the technical tasks and interpersonal skills managers require. The editors provide a broad introduction to project management in the context of developing economies. The core of the text is dedicated to concepts, systems and skills of project management covering technical, organisational and people related skills. This innovative approach will prove valuable reading for those studying or working within the field of project management. It provides a comprehensive framework within which present and potential project managers can develop their capabilities and skills, as well as being a source of reference material on specific concerns and aspects of management.
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A good comprehensive text book from an equally good and respected soil chemist. Whilst not the easiest of reads (written by a chemist for chemists) the text covers all the basic and a considerable number of complex methods and procedures for determine soil properties and assessing land quality.
Whilst orientated more for laboratory analysis of field data many of the techniques can be adapted and utilised in field situations as is the case with the virtual consultancy, Persephone Habitat and Soil Management (phAsm), where the book forms the primary reference source.
The book is similarly geared towards the British approach to soil science and whilst more appropriate for that climate I recommend the book to anyone wanting to appreciate soils. learn how to assess properties within them and then apply that knowledge to the management of the land.
It is though a great shame that the book is not here in it's entirety. David Rowell, who I was tutored by at the University of Reading always gave the impression that he worked in science for the betterment of Humanity... perhaps I got that wrong