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Water for Life
Water Management and Environmental Policy


  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521362115
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  • Successful water management is crucial for the proper operation of natural environmental systems and for the support of human society. These two aspects are interdependent, but decisions about one are often made without regard to effects upon the other. A persistent challenge is to consider them together. This book fully analyzes the relationship between water management, environmental conditions and public policy. It combines a careful review of the character and evolution of water management and evaluates management from the standpoint of the quality of the natural environment. Topics covered include domestic and industrial water supply and waste disposal, groundwater use, river channel and floodplain management, and integrated river basins. The processes of social decision-making are examined against a backdrop of plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships and ecosystem change. Examples are drawn from around the world, from local watershed management to international river basin planning, with emphasis on integrative approaches.

    • Analyses the relationship between water management, environmental conditions and public policy
    • Provides a broad range of geographical examples
    • Emphasises integrative approaches
    • Includes a comprehensive guide to internet resources relevant to water and development
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    '… a concise and erudite primer aimed at helping hydrologists and environmental managers to find a common language to talk about policymaking for rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground water reserves … As befits its distinguished authors, it exudes authority.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    '… a significant contribution to the growing library of water and environment management texts.' Geography

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    29th Oct 2013 by Salem1965

    This book is a good source for researchers in the field of hydrology, especially those whom studying the relationship between water use and supply.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521362115
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 112 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    Conversions of selected units of hydrologic measurement
    1. Water and life
    2. Challenge and opportunity
    3. Unfolding recognition of ecosystem change
    4. Natural waters
    5. Plant-soil-water-ecosystem relationships
    6. Groundwater
    7. Lakes and wetlands
    8. River channels and floodplains
    9. Impounded rivers and reservoirs
    10. Domestic and industrial water management
    11. Decision processes
    12. Integrative approaches
    Appendix. Guide to internet resources on water and environment

  • Authors

    James L. Wescoat, Jr, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    James L. Westcoat is a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois.

    Gilbert F. White, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Gilbert F. White is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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