The Water Encyclopedia, Third Edition

The Water Encyclopedia, Third Edition: Hydrologic Data and Internet Resources

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Features

New features of the Third Edition:

  • A chapter discussing metadata and the role of the internet in accessing data sets
  • Appropriate hyperlinks appear throughout the text and in an indexed a summary of links
  • Summary

    “Just do an Internet search.” “It’s on the Internet” These phrases have quickly become a part of the vernacular. The quintessential book of data relating to water, The Water Encyclopedia: Hydrologic Data and Internet Resources, Third Edition arose from the premise that most of the information provided within this publication could be easily found on the Internet. As the editors and their team of contributors soon discovered, using the Internet for research can be problematic. Too much, too little, and questionable data sets can influence the caliber of your results.

    The new edition contains more than 1100 tables and 500 figures providing data related to weather, surface water, ground water, water use, water quality, waste water, pollution, and water resource management. The first two chapters are completely new and discuss data management and international data collection. The pollution chapter has grown to contain some 450 plus tables and figures. Wastewater, previously included within the pollution chapter, is presented as a new standalone chapter.

    Whether you are looking for a specific piece of information or exploring many topics, this edition is a portal to quality facts and data sets. Retaining the elements that made the previous editions bestsellers, the third edition elucidates the many changes within the environmental industry and in water-related issues during the last decade. Prepared by scientists and engineers, the book has been significantly expanded beyond the scope of the second edition. Reflecting changes not only in information but also technology, whenever possible, the text includes an Internet address that guides you to the appropriate source.

    Table of Contents

    Data Management, D. McCarthy
    Introduction
    Database Overview
    Geographic Information Systems Overview
    Understanding Data Management Needs
    Data Categorization
    Data Reporting
    Metadata
    Conclusions

    International Data Collection, D. Zell


    Introduction
    Data Sources
    Case Studies
    General Processes for Data Collection
    Internet Sources
    Climate and Precipitation
    Climatic Data—United States
    Climatic Data—World
    Weather Extremes
    Precipitation Data
    Snow and Snow Melt

    Hydrologic Elements, B. Burke


    Hydrologic Cycle
    Water Resources—United States
    World Water Balance
    Hydrologic Data
    Interception
    Infiltration
    Runoff
    Erosion and Sedimentation
    Transpiration
    Evaporation
    Consumptive Use
    Phreatophytes
    Reference Books

    Surface Water, C. Spooner


    Rivers
    Lakes
    Waterfalls
    Glaciers and Ice
    Floods
    Flood Prevention
    Flood Control Works
    Water Areas—United States
    Oceans and Seas

    Ground Water, Rivera


    Ground Water—United States
    Water Wells—United States
    Water Wells
    Injection Wells
    Pumping of Water
    Subsidence
    Aquifer Characteristics
    Soil Moisture
    Springs
    Artificial Recharge
    Geophysical Logging

    Water Use, K.L. Thalman


    Water Use—United States
    Water Use—World
    Public Water Supply—United States
    Water Supply—World
    Domestic Water Consumption
    Bottled Water
    Industrial and Commercial Water Use—United States
    Industrial Water Use—World
    Irrigation
    Livestock
    Navigation and Waterways
    Waterborne Commerce
    Water-Based Recreation
    Fisheries
    Water in Foods

    Water Quality, K.L. Thalman, Bedesson


    Water Quality
    Drinking Water Quality Standards—United States
    Drinking Water Standards—World
    Municipal Water Quality
    Industrial Water Quality
    Irrigation Water Quality
    Water Quality for Aquatic Life
    Recreational Water Quality
    Water Quality for Livestock
    Water Treatment Processes
    Water Treatment Facilities
    Wastewater, W. Lynch
    Pollution, DeArmond, Thalman

    Water Resources Management, G. Suarez


    Dams
    Reservoirs
    Hydroelectric Power
    Costs of Water Projects
    Project Planning and Analysis
    Research and Expenditures
    Desalination
    Water Transfer
    Ground Water
    Water Conservation

    Agencies and Organizations


    Federal Agencies
    State Water Agencies
    Commissions
    Universities
    Professional, Trade, and Environmental Groups

    Constants and Conversion Factors


    Physical Properties of Water
    Water Quality
    Length
    Area
    Volume
    Velocity
    Flow Rate
    Weight
    Pressure
    Permeability
    Power
    Temperature

    Editorial Reviews

    "The expanded 3rd edition of this useful encyclopedia proves that not everything is easily found on the Internet as in a book . . . This quality reference source is recommended for college and special libraries as well as large public libraries."

    – Diane J. Turner, in ARBA Online, March 2008

    "This is an excellent resource for researchers and professionals in various water industry and study fields. It consists of over 1,600 figures and tables containing water-related data collected from government, academic, and private agencies via both Internet and other sources . . . Summing Up: Recommended."

    – P. M. Matt, formerly, University of Arizona, in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, January 2008, Vol. 45, No. 5

     

     

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