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Hydrology and Water Management in the Humid Tropics

Edited By: M Bonell, MM Hufschmidt and JS Gladwell

610 pages, 59 figs, 8 b/w photos, 41 maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2005 | #157123 | ISBN: 0521020026
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Hardback | Sep 1993 | #27722 | ISBN: 0521452686
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Essential title finally reissued in paperback.

From the publisher's announcement:
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.

'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


Foreword; 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; Index.

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