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Elements of Physical Hydrology

George M. Hornberger, Patricia L. Wiberg, Jeffrey P. Raffensperger, and Paolo D'Odorico

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The most cogent textbook ever produced on the topic, this revised and expanded edition will be welcomed by students and professionals alike.

Among the many diverse aspects of environmental science, none is more critical to the future of society and nature than water. Understanding the role of water on Earth and making good decisions regarding water conservation and hydrological hazards depends on learning the fundamentals of physical hydrology. This textbook, now in an expanded second edition, provides the clearest opportunity for students to absorb those fundamentals. Written at an...

The most cogent textbook ever produced on the topic, this revised and expanded edition will be welcomed by students and professionals alike.

Among the many diverse aspects of environmental science, none is more critical to the future of society and nature than water. Understanding the role of water on Earth and making good decisions regarding water conservation and hydrological hazards depends on learning the fundamentals of physical hydrology. This textbook, now in an expanded second edition, provides the clearest opportunity for students to absorb those fundamentals. Written at an introductory level, Elements of Physical Hydrology covers virtually every aspect of this subject, including:

• The hydrological cycle
• Water budgets at catchment to global scales
• Spatial and temporal aspects of precipitation
• Evapotranspiration
• Fluid dynamics and the Bernoulli equation
• Laminar and turbulent flows
• Open channel flow
• Flood movement through reservoirs and channels
• Flood frequency analysis
• Groundwater flow
• Aquifer characterization
• Land subsidence
• Soil moisture dynamics
• Flow in the unsaturated zone
• Hydrologic controls on vegetation
• Biotic controls on hydrological processes
• Runoff generation from surface and subsurface sources
• Catchment models
• The water-food-energy nexus
• The globalization of water
• Impacts of changing climate

Layering one topic upon the next, Elements of Physical Hydrology succeeds in moving from simple, easy-to-grasp explanations through equations and models in a manner that will leave students new to the topic eager to apply their knowledge. Professionals in related disciplines will also find this book ideal for self-study. Thoughtfully illustrated, carefully written, and covering a broad spectrum of topics, this classic text clarifies a subject that is often misunderstood and oversimplified.

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This well-illustrated (in three colors), reasonably priced volume is a worthwhile acquisition.

An outstanding text that can greatly facilitate improved education in hydrology. Hopefully, this book will be universally adopted for use in undergraduate hydrology courses that have an integrated environmental focus. I fully expect that the book will also find its way to the bookshelves of many professionals and graduate students. Personally, starting next year, I plan to use this book as one of the assigned texts for the three-quarter-long Environmental Earth Science series at Stanford.

Its general introduction to physical hydrology and in particular catchment hydrology via the hillslope-steam continuum is impressive.

A publishing model for the future of hydrologic education.

A much needed practical and well balanced approach to physical hydrology... Not only will the text serve well in a one-semester physical-hydrology course, but it also should be useful to professionals in almost all fields of environmental science and natural-resource management.

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Trim Size
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10
Pages
388
ISBN
9781421413730
Illustration Description
156 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Science of Hydrology
2. Precipitation and Evapotranspiration
3. The Basis for Analysis in Physical Hydrology: Principles of Fluid Dynamics
4. Open Channel Hydraulics
5. Catchment Hydrology

Preface
1. The Science of Hydrology
2. Precipitation and Evapotranspiration
3. The Basis for Analysis in Physical Hydrology: Principles of Fluid Dynamics
4. Open Channel Hydraulics
5. Catchment Hydrology: Streams and Floods
6. Groundwater Hydraulic
7. Groundwater Hydrology
8. Water in the Unsaturated Zone
9. Ecohydrology: Interactions between Hydrological Processes and the Biota
10. Catchment Hydrology: The Hillslope-Stream Continuum
11. Water, Climate, Energy, and Food
Appendixes
1. Units, Dimensions, and Conversions
2. Properties of Water
3. Basic Statistics in Hydrology
Answers to Example Problems
Glossary
References
Index

Author Bios
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George M. Hornberger, Ph.D.

George M. Hornberger is director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University.
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Patricia L. Wiberg, Ph.D.

Patricia L. Wiberg is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Paolo D'Odorico
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Paolo D'Odorico

Paolo D'Odorico is the Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.
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