Lessons can be learnt from the past; from time to time it is useful for practitioners to look back over the historical developments of their science. Hydrogeology has developed from humble beginnings into the broad church of investigatory procedures which collectively form the modern-day hydrogeologist’s tool box. Hydrogeology remains a branch of the over-arching science of geology and today provides analysis of the sub-surface part of the water cycle within a holistic approach to problem solving.
The History of Hydrogeology, is a first attempt to bring the story of the evolution of the science of hydrogeology together from a country- or region-specific viewpoint. It does not cover history to the present day, nor does it deal with all countries involved in groundwater studies, but rather takes the story for specific key countries up and until about the period 1975 to 1980. This is when hydrogeology was still evolving and developing, and in some areas doing so quite rapidly.
The book has been written not only for practitioners of hydrogeology and hydrology but also for teachers and students to see the context of the evolution of the science around the globe. The History of Hydrogeology will also be of interest to science historians and all those interested in the role that individuals, institutes and nations have played over the years in defining modern day studies of groundwater.
"…provides the historical prospective of the science back to the beginning of hydrogeology. …Descriptions include numerous nations in Europe, most notably UK, France and Germany…science historians may also enjoy the wide range of stories of the evolution of hydrogeology as it developed in a country or region. For those who are interested in the history of hydrogeology based on specific countries, this book provides the answers and would be useful for those going overseas for a project to one of the countries featured in the book."
—The Professional Geologist, Oct.Nov.Dec 2014
"Most striking is how much the development of hydrological studies in each country is influenced by that country's overall culture and politices, as well as geographic and geologic factors unique to each region. (…) This book gives a good sampling of these country-specific journeys. (…) Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."
—Choice, June 2013, Vol. 50 No. 10
"History of Hydrogeology collects the essays from a variety of learned experts in the scientific field of hydrogeology, with particular emphasis on the history and evolution of the discipline. A handful of black-and-white photographs and diagrams illustrate such insightful writings as "Island hydrogeology: Highlights from early experience in the West Indies and Bermuda", "250 years of Russian hydrogeology (1730-1980)", "The progress of hydrogeology in Britain: 1600 to 2000", as well as essays on the history of hydrogeology in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Central Europe & Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S. Each essay is complemented with references. History of Hydrogeology is at times technical, clearly intended for experts and professionals in the field; its wealth of information makes it an ideal choice for college and graduate school libraries, as well as geology reference shelves.
—Midwest Book Review
The history of hydrogeology project
Nick S. Robins
The history of hydrogeology in Australia
Island hydrogeology: Highlights from early experience in the West Indies and Bermuda
History of hydrogeology in China
Han Zaisheng & Chen Mengxiong
Hydrogeology in the Czech Republic
History of French hydrogeology
Jean Margat, Didier Pennequin & Jean-Claude Roux
History of hydrogeology in Central Europe, particularly relating to Germany
Eckehard Paul Loehnert
History of Hungarian hydrogeology
Irma Dobos, Lajos Marton & Pál Szlabóczky
A brief history of Indian hydrogeology
Dr. Shrikant D. Limaye
History of hydrogeology in Japan
Yasuo Sakura, Katsumoto Momikura, RyumaYoshioka, Makoto Nishigaki, Kazuki Mori, Noriharu Miyake & Mamoru Saito
The development of groundwater hydrology in The Netherlands between the mid-19th century and the late-20th century
Jacobus J. de Vries
The history of hydrogeology in Norway
History of hydrogeology: Poland
Jan Dowgiałło & Bogdan Kozerski
A brief history of Romanian hydrogeology
P. Enciu, A. Feru, H. Mitrofan, I. Oraseanu, M. Palcu & A. Tenu
250 years of Russian hydrogeology (1730–1980)
The history of hydrogeology in Serbia
The history of South African hydrogeology: maybe short, but surely sweet
The History of Hydrogeology in Spain
Hydrogeology in Sweden
The progress of hydrogeology in Britain: 1600 to 2000
A history of hydrogeology in the United States Geological Survey 1850–1990
Joseph S. Rosenshein & John E. Moore
The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) serves scientists, engineers and other professionals working in the field of groundwater resource planning, management and protection. IAH has two book series which are produced under the imprint of CRC Press in the Netherlands, part of the Taylor and Francis Group. IAH books have the common purpose of spreading the science and knowledge of hydrogeology and are products arising from IAH’s congresses and meetings, its commissions and networks, as well as a variety of other sources. Information is gathered from highly respected sources and include case studies, regional descriptions, analyses of sub-disciplines and outputs from major international programmes.
International Contributions to Hydrogeology
The second series, International Contributions to Hydrogeology, the ‘blue books’, includes monographs on sub-disciplines of hydrogeology as well as outlets for major international investigatory programmes and collections of papers within a broad theme of international interest.
The first series is the Selected Papers, often referred to as the ‘green books’. These are collections of papers derived from Congress and other meetings which normally, but not always, were sponsored by IAH. They may also be a collection of papers derived from a programme of investigation that again need not necessarily have enjoyed direct IAH involvement.