452 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps, colour tables
Using the latest mapping techniques this book examines water availability, the impact of climate change and the problems created for water management worldwide as well as possible solutions. The author combines both the physical and human aspects affecting the world's water resources.
Part one outlines the challenges and investigates the human factors: population growth; urbanization and pollution; the commercialization of water, including globalization and privatization; and the impacts of war, terrorism and the credit crunch.
The second part examines the physical aspects: the restless water cycle, the impact of past and future climate change and the problems change and unreliability create for water management whilst part three discusses current and future solutions including improved efficiency and water treatment systems, desalination, weather modification and rainwater harvesting, and improved legal and administrative frameworks. The book concludes by asking how far technical and financial innovations can overcome the limitations of climatic resources and examining the human and environmental costs involved in such developments.
'a valuable contribution to the academic literature and will be invaluable to many an undergraduate student addressing these key concepts and themes' -- Circulation 109: May 2011 20110105
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