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Hydrology in Practice

4th Edition

By Elizabeth M. Shaw, Keith J. Beven, Nick A. Chappell, Rob Lamb

CRC Press

546 pages

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Hydrology in Practice is an excellent and very successful introductory text for engineering hydrology students who go on to be practitioners in consultancies, the Environment Agency, and elsewhere. This fourth edition of Hydrology in Practice, while retaining all that is excellent about its predecessor, by Elizabeth M. Shaw, replaces the material on the Flood Studies Report with an equivalent section on the methods of the Flood Estimation Handbook and its revisions. Other completely revised sections on instrumentation and modelling reflect the many changes that have occurred over recent years. The updated text has taken advantage of the extensive practical experience of the staff of JBA Consulting who use the methods described on a day-to-day basis. Topical case studies further enhance the text and the way in which students at undergraduate and MSc level can relate to it. The fourth edition will also have a wider appeal outside the UK by including new material on hydrological processes, which also relate to courses in geography and environmental science departments. In this respect the book draws on the expertise of Keith J. Beven and Nick A. Chappell, who have extensive experience of field hydrological studies in a variety of different environments, and have taught undergraduate hydrology courses for many years.

Second- and final-year undergraduate (and MSc) students of hydrology in engineering, environmental science, and geography departments across the globe, as well as professionals in environmental protection agencies and consultancies, will find this book invaluable. It is likely to be the course text for every undergraduate/MSc hydrology course in the UK and in many cases overseas too.

Table of Contents

The Hydrological Cycle, Hydrometeorology and Climate

Hydrological Measurements

Hydrometric Networks and Data-Logging



Infiltration, Moisture and Groundwater

Hillslope Runoff Processes

River Flow

Water Quality

Hydrological Analysis and Modelling

Precipitation Analysis

Evapotranspiration Calculations

River Flow Analysis

Catchment Modelling

Flood Routing

Groundwater Models


Flood Mapping

Flood Risk Management

Water Resources


River Basin Management

About the Authors

Elizabeth M. Shaw is now retired but has worked as a lecturer at universities in the UK and Australia, as well as having practised as a hydrologist. Keith J. Beven and Nick A. Chappell are in the Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster, UK. Rob Lamb is a consultant with JBA Consulting.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Methods & Materials
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / Dams & Reservoirs