Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy, 4th Edition
Proper management of water resources can take many forms, and requires the knowledge and expertise to work at the intersection of mathematics, geology, biology, geography, meteorology, political science, and even psychology. This book provides an essential foundation in water management and development concepts and practices, dissecting complex topics into short, understandable explanations that spark true interest in the field. Approaching the study of water resources systematically, the discussion begins with historical perspective before moving on to physical processes, engineering, water chemistry, government regulation, environmental issues, global conflict, and more.
Now in its fourth edition, this text provides the most current introduction to a field that is becoming ever more critical as climate change begins to threaten water supplies around the world. As geography, climate, population growth, and technology collide, effective resource management must include a comprehensive understanding of how these forces intermingle and come to life in the water so critical to us all.
- Covers the fundamentals of surface water and groundwater hydrology
- Explains the essentials of water chemistry, including pollution, contaminants, and quality management
- Examines the central concepts of water allocation, irrigation, municipal water development, and the government agencies that regulate it
- Explores current and historical drinking water and wastewater treatment practices
- Delves into the relationship between water and the environment, the economy, and the increasing rise of water conflicts at home and abroad
- An Instructor Companion Site features a wealth of resources including lecture slides, sample exams, and more