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Water Resources

Series: Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies Series Volume: 4

By: Shimon Anisfeld

Island Press

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #184888 | ISBN-13: 9781597264952
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Hardback | Nov 2010 | #184920 | ISBN-13: 9781597264945
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About this book

In this concise introduction to water resources, Shimon Anisfeld explores the fundamental interactions between humans and water, including drinking, sanitation, irrigation, and power production.
The book familiarizes students with the current water crisis and with approaches for managing this essential resource more effectively in a time of rapid environmental and social change. Anisfeld addresses both human and ecological problems, including scarcity, pollution, disease, flooding, conflicts over water, and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. In addition to providing the background necessary to understand each of these problems, the book discusses ways to move towards better management and addresses the key current debates in the water policy field.

In the past, water development has often proceeded in a single-sector fashion, with each group of users implementing its own plans without coordination with other groups, resulting in both conflict and inefficiency. Now, Anisfeld writes, the challenge of water management is figuring out how to balance all the different demands for water, from sanitation to energy generation to ecosystem protection. For inquiring students of any level, "Water Resources" provides a comprehensive one-volume guide to a complex but vital field of study.


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Biography

Dr. Shimon Anisfeld is Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His articles have appeared in major journals, including Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, and Estuaries.

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