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Reflections in Hydrology: Science and Practice

Reflections in Hydrology: Science and Practice

Nathan Buras (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66808-5 March 2013 American Geophysical Union 314 Pages


Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Special Publications Series.

In the early 1980s, the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona started a tradition: an annual public lecture to perpetuate the memory of one of its most original thinkers who passed away at an early age, Chester C. Kisiel. At that time, the department was quite young—a little over ten years old—and so was the University of Arizona, not quite a century old. The overall atmosphere was extremely stimulating, faculty members and students were curious and excited, wishing to learn and understand more about the natural phenomena that transform precipitation into water and the possible development of regional waters for human uses. The preparation and delivery of these lectures were entrusted by the department to outstanding scientists in the fields of hydrology and water resources, thus attaining a double objective. On the one hand, the lectures became salient points on a time trajectory when specific facets of the broad agenda of scientific issues studied in the department were brought to the limelight of a public discourse. On the other hand, the lectures also provided opportunities for reflection on contemporary problems and on the approaches for their study and analysis.

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Reflections on Hydrology
Nick Matalas  1

The Real Benefits From Synthetic Flows 
Myron B. Fiering  16

Water Management in the United States: A Democratic Process (Who Are the Managers?)
J. D. Bredehoeft  35

The Emergence of Global-Scale Hydrology 
Peter S. Eagleson  63

Scale Problems in Hydrology
James C. I. Oooge  84

Groundwater Contamination: Technical Analysis and Social Decision Making
R. Allan Freeze  146

Efficiency Gains from Building Equity Into Water Development
Charles W. Howe  183

A Challenging Frontier in Hydrology m The Vadose Zone
Oonald R. Nielsen  203

Reflections of the 3-Dimensional Structure of River Basins: Its Linkage With Runoff Production
and Minimum Energy Dissipation
lgnacoeo Rodrfguez-lturbe  227

Surface Chemical Theory and Predicting the Distribution of Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment 
Werner Stumm  258

Water Storage: Source of Inspiration and Desperation
Vft Klend  286