A futuristic approach in water management has been discussed in this descriptive book. It is estimated that there is nearly 1.4 billion km3 of water in this world but only about 3% (39 million km3) of it is available as fresh water. Furthermore, most of this fresh water is found as ice in the arctic regions, atmospheric water or deep groundwater. Since water is a source of life and is vital for all forms of life across the planet, its sustainable use is an extremely crucial issue. Water Management is the fundamental term employed for elucidating all the activities involved in managing the optimum use of the world's water resources. However, only a small percentage of fresh water available can be subjected to water management. It is still a huge amount, but the distinct characteristic of water is that unlike other resources, it is irreplaceable. This book describes an elementary analysis on several topics related to water management from across the globe. The topics elucidated in this book cover politics, recent models for water resource management of rivers and reservoirs as well as issues associated with agriculture. Growing water demands, water quality problems and water pricing have also been considered. Reputed scientists and experts from across the world have contributed descriptive information in this book. It covers a broad range of current issues, describing the current problems and illustrating the complexity of water management.
These three volumes present an original exploration of all aspects of water--social, cultural, political, religious, historical, economic and technological--from ancient times until the present day. Among the varied themes, the contributors examine the changing histories of water as a private or common good, the politics of water at local, urban, national and international level, water in cities, great river plans, dams, river biographies, and cultural constructions of water--images of water in religion, myth, literature and art. With empirical and ethnographic case studies from around the world the three volumes together represent one of the most complete and up to date accounts of the central role of water in the history and development of humanity.
For a basic course in water resources engineering. Also appropriate for more advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and as a reference for practicing engineers. Designed to provide a broad coverage of pertinent topics concerning water resource engineering, this text focuses on fundamental topics of hydraulics, hydrology, and water management. Water resources engineering concepts and methods are addressed from the perspective of practical applications in water management and associated environmental and infrastructure management. The focus is on mathematical modeling and analysis using state-of-the-art computational techniques and computer software. The text is written to easily adapt to the spectrum of ways that individual courses and sequences of undergraduate and graduate courses are organized at various universities, providing flexibility for the instructor.
The NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Fundamental Aspects of Inert Gases in Solids, held at Bonas, France from 16-22 September 1990, was the fifth in a series of meetings that have been held in this topic area since 1979. The Consultants' Meeting in that year at Harwell on Rare Gas Behaviour in Metals and Ionic Solids was followed in 1982 by the Jiilich Inter- national Symposium on Fundamental Aspects of Helium in Metals. Two smaller meetings have followed-a CECAM organised workshop on Helium Bubbles in Metals was held at Orsay, France in 1986 while in February 1989, a Topical Symposium on Noble Gases in Metals was held in Las Vegas as part of the large TMS/AIME Spring Meeting. As is well known, the dominating feature of inert gas atoms in most solids is their high heat of solution, leading in most situations to an essentially zero solubility and gas-atom precipita- tion. In organising the workshop, one particular aim was to target the researchers in the field of inert-gas/solid interactions from three different areas--namely metals, tritides and nuclear fuels-in order to encourage and foster the cross-fertilisation of approaches and ideas. In these three material classes, the behaviour of inert gases in metals has probably been most studied, partly from technological considerations-the effects of helium production via (n, a) reac- tions during neutron irradiation are of importance, particularly in a fusion reactor environ- ment-and partly from a more fundamental viewpoint.
Groundwater Lowering in Construction outlines the practical aspects of groundwater lowering which are of assistance for the successful and economical completion of construction projects. This book is the definitive reference for the practising engineer, engineering geologist, and advanced civil engineering or engineering geology student dealing with below ground excavations and constructions.
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