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Hydrology and Water Management in the Humid Tropics
Hydrological Research Issues and Strategies for Water Management


Part of International Hydrology Series

  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521020022

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  • Environmental problems in the humid tropical regions, where the focus is on the fate and management of the surviving rainforest and climate change, are attracting increasing attention internationally. The distribution of tropical rainfall is highly variable, and in many regions the supply of potable water is inadequate. By the end of the century one-third of the world's population will be living in the humid tropics. This book considers all aspects of hydrology in the humid tropics. The first four parts of the book cover the physical basis of hydrology in the humid tropics: climatology, meteorology, process hydrology, sedimentation, water quality and freshwater ecology. This is followed by extensive treatment of the human and societal issues: land-use changes, water resource management, and rural and urban water supply in the tropical regions. The book is a uniquely integrated summary of hydrology in the tropics.

    •  Exhaustive summary by international team of expert contributors
    • Emphasis on practical solutions to problems of water use in the tropics
    •  Essential reference for researchers specialising in the humid tropics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Overall the book is extremely comprehensive in the topics it covers … From the climatologist's perspective about one half of the book is of direct relevance, but the rest is meaty and will be of great use to those working with or for environmental or governmental organizations in the tropics, or in education.' G. Sumner, International Journal of Climatology

    ' … wealth of information, a useful general introduction, promises exciting times ahead for tropical hydrologists.' Ecology and Evolution

    'This book provides an excellent up-to-date summary of what is known of hydrology and water management in the tropics … Overall this is an excellent book which should be accessible to all who are responsible for investigating, designing and managing humid tropical hydrology and water resources activities.' Hydrological Sciences Journal

    ' … useful state-of-the-art summaries.' Progress in Physical Geography

    ' … one of the most complete books available on tropical hydrology and as such it deserves a wide circulation.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521020022
    • length: 612 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 211 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.429kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 41 maps 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Part II. Humid Tropics Setting:
    2. Climate and rainfall variability in the humid tropics
    3. Operational hydrology problems in the humid tropics
    4. The problems of the humid tropics - opportunities for reassessment of hydrological methodology
    Part III. Regional Hydrology:
    5. Hydrology in humid tropical Asia
    6. Hydrology and water resources of humid Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea
    7. Hydrology and water resources of tropical Latin America and the Caribbean
    8. Amazonian rainfall and its variability
    9. Regional hydrology and water resources in the African humid tropics
    10. Review of hydrology and water resources of humid tropical islands
    Part IV. Physical Processes:
    11. Recent scientific developments and research needs in the hydrological processes of the humid tropics
    12. Groundwater systems with reference to the humid tropics
    13. Perspective on the hydrology and water resource management of natural freshwater wetlands and lakes in the humid tropics
    14. Erosion and sedimentation
    15. Water quality issues in the humid tropics
    16. Ecological characteristics of tropical fresh waters: an outline
    Part V. Physical Processes - Human Uses: The Interface:
    17. Challenges in agriculture and forest hydrology in the humid tropics
    18. The impact of land-use change on water resources in the humid tropics: an Australian view of the scientific issues
    19. Urban water management problems in the humid tropics: some technical and non-technical considerations
    20. The management of water resources, development and human health in the humid tropics
    21. Water supply and health in the humid tropics with particular reference to rural areas
    Part VI. Management Issues:
    22. Water resource management
    23. Water management issues: population, agriculture and forests - a focus on watershed management
    24. Urban water resources in the humid tropics: an overview of the ASEAN region
    25. An ecological and environmental approach to urban water problems in the humid tropics
    26. Rethinking urban water supply and sanitation strategy in developing countries in the humid tropics: lessons from the International Water Decade
    27. Water resource management issues in the humid tropics
    Part VII. Appendices

  • Editors

    Michael Bonell, James Cook University, North Queensland

    Maynard M. Hufschmidt

    John S. Gladwell

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