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Fundamentals of Hydrology

3rd Edition

By Tim Davie, Nevil Wyndham Quinn


286 pages | 170 Color Illus.

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The third edition of Fundamentals of Hydrology provides an absorbing and comprehensive introduction to the understanding of how fresh water moves on and around the planet and how humans affect and manage the freshwater resources available to them.

The book consists of three parts, each of fundamental importance in the understanding of hydrology:

  • The first section deals with processes within the hydrological cycle, our understanding of them, and how to measure and estimate the amount of water within each process. This also includes an analysis of how each process impacts upon water quality issues.
  • The second section is concerned with the measurement and analytical assessment of important hydrological parameters such as streamflow and water quality. It describes analytical and modelling techniques used by practising hydrologists in the assessment of water resources.
  • The final section of the book draws together the first two parts to discuss the management of freshwater with respect to both water quality and quantity in a changing world.

Fundamentals of Hydrology is a lively and accessible introduction to the study of hydrology at university level. It gives undergraduates a thorough understanding of hydrological processes, knowledge of the techniques used to assess water resources, and an up-to-date overview of water resource management. Throughout the text, examples and case studies from all around the world are used to clearly explain ideas and techniques. Essay questions, guides to further reading, and website links are also included.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Hydrology as A Science

Chapter 2: Precipitation

Chapter 3: Evaporation

Chapter 4: Interception and Surface Storage

Chapter 5: Groundwater

Chapter 6: Soil Water

Chapter 7: Runoff

Chapter 8: Measuring Channel Flow

Chapter 9: Streamflow Analysis and Modelling

Chapter 10: Water Quality

Chapter 11: Water Resources in A Changing World

About the Authors

Tim Davie is Chief Scientist at the Canterbury Regional Council which controls natural resource management, including water resources, in New Zealand’s largest region. Previously he has worked as a research scientist at Landcare Research NZ Ltd and as a university lecturer in Environmental Science and Geography at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Nevil Wyndham Quinn is an Associate Professor in Applied Hydrology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where he works within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience.

About the Series

Routledge Fundamentals of Physical Geography

This new series of focused, introductory text books presents comprehensive, up-to-date introductions to the fundamental concepts, natural processes and human/environmental impacts within each of the core physical geography sub-disciplines. Uniformly designed, each volume contains student-friendly features: plentiful illustrations, boxed case studies, key concepts and summaries, further reading guides and a glossary.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Rivers
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Hydrology


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