Originally published in this form in 1971, the content of this book was originally part of a larger composite volume ‘Water, Earth and Man’ (1969) which provided a synthesis of hydrology, geomorphology and socio-economic geography. This volume brings together the systematic theme of spatial aspects of the interactions between water occurrence and human activity.
Preface. Introduction R. J. Chorley and R. W. Kates 1. World Water Inventory and Control R. L. Nace 2. The Drainage Basin as an Historical Basis for Human Activity C. T. Smith 3. The Interaction of Precipitation and Man R. J. Chorley 4. Water and Crops Rosemary J. More 5. Primitive Irrigation Anne V. Kirkby 6. Overland Flow and Man M. A. Morgan 7. Human Use of Ground Water R. L. Nace 8. The Human Use of Open Channels Robert P. Beckinsale 9. Rivers as Political Boundaries Robert P. Beckinsale 10. The Economic and Social Implications of Snow and Ice J. Rooney 11. Human Response to Floods W. R. Derrick Sewell 12.Human Responses to River Regimes Robert P. Beckinsale 13. Long-term Trends in Water Use M. Simons 14. Choice in Water Use T. O’Riordan and Rosemary J. More
Richard J. Chorley was known as a leading figure in quantitative geography in the late 20th Century and played an instrumental role in bringing the use of systems theory to geography. This set of 7 reissued works either edited by or written by Chorley offers a great wealth of scholarship on geography and geomorphology.