With all new and updated material, the third edition provides civil engineers with a complete history of water availability. It also delves into government development, management, and policy of water usage. New information is included on international water issues, water measurement, and telemetry. Additional details are also presented on global warming and its impact on water resources. In addition, environmental engineers will gain a current understanding of the field through updated case studies and images that make the material more relevant.
This textbook covers water resources and issues in the US from the viewpoint of an experienced professional. In addition to the chapter topics, sidebars are written by practitioners in various fields and locations. The book summarizes the major federal government agencies that deal with water resources, some state and local departments, and many of the topical not for profit organizations, all of which may help students understand what might be part of a profession in this field.
On the other hand, the book was not comprehensive on the ecology and ecological principles that are involved in water resources. The approach was far stronger in policy and regulation than in ecological considerations.
The value of this book in a course is, as usual, highly dependent upon how the professor uses the text in the course.
The text seems as if it was written by an English professor rather than a scientist. The chapter headings are helpful, yet standard to the discipline. Somewhat disorganized, somewhat organized… not as thematic as usual. I used outside resources to understand some of the more fundamental phenomena related to water as the explanations are not entirely clear nor ordered.
Decent graphs/pictures and also background stories relating the text to the real world.
Probably not enough visual aids.
The content of this book is fantastic. It covers all the areas of water quality and is layed out very nicely so its easy to read and follow (as easy as reading textbooks can be). I was disapointed that the second time I used the book the binding fell apart.
Product Details :
- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (August 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470136316
- ISBN-13: 978-0470136317
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches