The book describes the basic principles and processes of the main hydrological components of the water cycle: precipitation, interception, evaporation, soil water, groundwater, streamflow and water quality. It takes a broadly non-mathematical approach, although some numeracy is assumed particularly in the treatment of evaporation and soil water. The introductory and concluding chapters show the relations and interactions between these components, and puts the importance of water into a wider human context - its significant role in human history, its key role today, and potential role in future in the light of climate change and increasing global population. The book is thoroughly up-to-date, with over 100 diagrams and photographs to explain and amplify the concepts described, and provides over 750 references for further study.
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