Hydrology: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 11, 2005 - Science - 605 pages
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Water in its different forms has always been a source of wonder, curiosity and practical concern for humans everywhere. Hydrology: An Introduction presents a coherent introduction to the fundamental principles of hydrology, based on the course that Wilfried Brutsaert has taught at Cornell University for the last thirty years. Hydrologic phenomena are dealt with at spatial and temporal scales at which they occur in nature. The physics and mathematics necessary to describe these phenomena are introduced and developed, and readers will require a working knowledge of calculus and basic fluid mechanics. The book will be invaluable as a textbook for entry-level courses in hydrology directed at advanced seniors and graduate students in physical science and engineering. In addition, the book will be more broadly of interest to professional scientists and engineers in hydrology, environmental science, meteorology, agronomy, geology, climatology, oceanology, glaciology and other earth sciences.

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fluid mechanics of the lower atmosphere
fluid mechanics of free surface flow
Overland flow
Streamflow routing
fluid mechanics in porous materials
Infiltration and related unsaturated flows
Groundwater outflow and base flow
mechanisms and parameterization
Streamflow response at the catchment scale
Elements of frequency analysis in hydrology
Afterword a short historical sketch of theories about the water
Appendix Some useful mathematical concepts

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Wilfried Brutsaert is William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering at Cornell University. In a long and prestigious career in the research and teaching of hydrology, Professor Brutsaert has received many awards and honors, including the Hydrological Award and Robert E. Horton Award, American Geophysical Union; President of the Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union; Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society; the Ray K. Linsley Award, American Institute of Hydrology; Walter B. Langbein Lecturer, American Geophysical Union; the International Award, Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources; and the Jule G. Charney Award, American Meteorological Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has published two previous books: Evaporation into the Atmosphere: Theory, History and Applications (1982) and Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces (with G. H. Jirka, 1984). He has authored and co-authored more than 170 journal articles. In 2015, he received the prestigious William Bowie Medal from the American Geophysical Union.

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