Forest Hydrology: An Introduction to Water and Forests, Third Edition

Mingteh Chang

November 1, 2012 by CRC Press
Textbook - 595 Pages - 118 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439879948 - CAT# K13752


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  • Features one brand new chapter—Watershed Management Planning and Implementation, and expands Forests and Streamflow into two chapters
  • Adds 20 new tables and 22 new figures
  • Updates all hydrologic and other natural resources data, and includes recent studies in forest hydrology
  • Contains a number of new sections covering forests and climate change, grazing, afforestation, sediment trends in world rivers, and more
  • Facilitates students with a significant background in water resources and forest characteristics for the study of forest hydrology
  • Treats the important issue of forests and flooding as an individual chapter narrating the flood generation and causes, the historical controversy surrounding forest impacts, and the role of scientific evidence in its resolution
  • Presents a thorough overview of watershed research methodologies and a worked example using the published Wagon Wheel Gap experimental data for analysis and discussion
  • Covers watershed management planning guidelines that bring forest hydrologic studies into practices
  • Includes four appendices of techniques on key hydrologic measurements
  • Cites extended references that allow for further exploration on a specific subject


Due to its height, density, and thickness of crown canopy; fluffy forest floor; large root system; and horizontal distribution; forest is the most distinguished type of vegetation on the earth. In the U.S., forests occupy about 30 percent of the total territory. Yet this 30 percent of land area produces about 60 percent of total surface runoff, the major water resource area of the country. Any human activity in forested areas will inevitably disturb forest floors and destroy forest canopies, consequently affecting the quantity, quality, and timing of water resources.

Thoroughly updated and expanded, Forest Hydrology: An Introduction to Water and Forests, Third Edition discusses the concepts, principles, and processes of forest and forest activity impacts on the occurrence, distribution, and circulation of water and the aquatic environment.

  • Brings water resources and forest-water relations into a single, comprehensive textbook
  • Focuses on the concepts, processes, and general principles in forest hydrology
  • Covers functions, properties, and science of water; water distribution; forests and precipitation, vaporization, stream flow, and stream sediment
  • Discusses watershed management planning and practical applications of forest hydrology in resource management

In a single textbook, Forest Hydrology: An Introduction to Water and Forests, Third Edition comprehensively covers water and water resources issues, forest characteristics relevant to the environment, forest impacts in the hydrological cycle, watershed research, watershed management planning, and hydrologic measurements. With the addition of new chapters, new issues, and appendices, this new edition is a valuable resource for upper-level undergraduates in forest hydrology courses as well as professionals involved in water resources management and decision-making in forested watersheds.


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