The world faces huge challenges for water as population
continues to grow, as emerging economies develop and as climate
change alters the global and local water cycle. There are major
questions to be answered about how we supply water in a sustainable
and safe manner to fulfil our needs, while at the same time
protecting vulnerable ecosystems from disaster.
"Water Resources: An Integrated Approach "provides students with
a comprehensive overview of both natural and socio-economic
processes associated with water. The book contains chapters written
by 20 specialist contributors, providing expert depth of coverage
to topics. The text guides the reader through the topic of water
starting with its unique properties and moving through
environmental processes and human impacts upon them including the
changing water cycle, water movement in river basins, water
quality, groundwater and aquatic ecosystems. The book then covers
management strategies for water resources, water treatment and
re-use, and the role of water in human health before covering water
economics and water conflict. The text concludes with a chapter
that examines new concepts such as virtual water that help us
understand current and future water resource use and availability
across interconnected local and global scales.
This book provides a novel interdisciplinary approach to water
in a changing world, from an environmental change perspective and
inter-related social, political and economic dimensions. It
includes global examples from both the developing and developed
world. Each chapter is supplemented with boxed case studies, end of
chapter questions, and further reading, as well as a glossary of
terms. The text is richly illustrated throughout with over 150 full
colour diagrams and photos.
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