Water at the Surface of Earth: An Introduction to Ecosystem Hydrodynamics
Water at the Surface of the Earth: An Introduction to Ecosystem Hydrodynamics provides an introduction to the ways in which biological, physical, cultural, and urban systems at the surface of the earth operate, with a particular focus on the hydrodynamics of ecosystems, i.e., water and its association with other forms of matter, including pollutants, and with several forms of energy. The chapter sequence in this book follows the downward progress of water from the lower atmosphere, through ecosystems at the earth's surface, through the soil and mantle rock, to the ""waters under the earth."" In other words, the book begins with input of water to ecosystems, then describes how it is processed in these systems, and ends with the liquid water yield from them.
The book first discusses storms in the atmosphere. These are systems that convert inflows of water vapor into outflows of raindrops and snowflakes that are precipitated to the underlying surface. This is followed by separate chapters on how water is delivered from the atmosphere to surface ecosystems; water budgets at the surface and in the soil; evaporation from these systems back to the atmosphere; water in the local air and rocks; and horizontal movement of water transformed by ecosystems where the preceding storages and fluxes were located.
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Chapter IV Hydrologic Storms
Chapter V LargeScale Organization of Rainfall
Chapter VI Reception of Water by Ecosystems
Chapter VII Water Detained on the Soil Surface
Chapter VIII The Soil as Environment of Water
Chapter XII Evaporation from Drying Ecosystems
Chapter XIII Water in the Local Air
Chapter XIV Percolation from Ecosystems
Chapter XV Groundwater and Its Outflows into Local Ecosystems
Chapter XVI Surface Transports from Ecosystems
Chapter XVII OffSite Yield of Ecosystems
Chapter XVIII Water in Ecosystems
Chapter IX Soil Moisture
Chapter X Evaporation from Wet Surfaces
Chapter XI Evaporation from WenWatered Ecosystems
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