This introductory text begins from the premise that the complexities of modern hydrology can be mastered by understanding basic physical principles of fluid movement. Focusing first on analysis at the scale of a single watershed, the authors then introduce the mechanics of fluids in closed conduits and open channels. They re-evaluate catchment processes in light of fluid mechanics, open channel hydraulics, and groundwater flow. The concluding chapter stresses the importance of understanding water movement in the environment by exploring the relationship of hydrology to such disciplines as atmospheric science, ecology and geology. The CD-ROM provides a Web version of the text (Netscape Navigator 2.0 or later required) and includes video demonstrations, additional content, interactive review questions, and extensive links to facilitate study and review
"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."
– Keith Loague, Ground Water
- The science of hydrology
- catchment hydrology - land-atmosphere interactions
- the basis for analysis in physical hydrology
- principles of fluid dynamics
- open channel hydraulics
- catchment hydrology - streams and floods
- groundwater hydrology
- water in the unsaturated zone
- catchment hydrology - the hillslope stream continuum
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George M. Hornberger is Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Jeffrey P. Raffensperger is assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. Patricia L. Wiberg is associate professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. Keith N. Eshleman is associate professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory.