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Introduction to Hydrology, 5th edition

  • Warren Viessman
  • Gary L. Lewis

Published by Pearson (October 9th 2002) - Copyright © 2003

5th edition

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For the fifth edition, Introduction to Hydrology has been significantly revamped and restructured, offering the reader content that is focused and streamlined. Many graduate level subjects and topics that were considered to be more of a handbook variety have been eliminated, in keeping with the original philosophy of the book, which was to focus on providing a scope of material that would support a theory-to-practice learning experience for beginning students in hydrology. The sequencing of chapters is designed to lead students through the underlying principles of hydrology and then to introduce them to the world of applications.

Notable changes in this fifth edition include:
  • The restructured and streamlined fifth edition consists of 13 chapters, whereas the fourth edition consisted of 27 chapters.
  • The chapter on statistics has been moved to an early position in the book so as to introduce these techniques before they are applied to problems in later chapters.
  • There are many new solved examples and homework problems.
  • Web addresses useful for securing hydrologic data and relevant information to supplement the text have been added.

Table of contents

1. Introduction.

Hydrology Defined. The Hydrologic Cycle. The Hydrologic Budget. Hydrologic Models. Applications.

2. Hydrologic Measurements and Data Sources.

Units Of Measurement. Hydrologic Data. Hydrologic Measurements. Data Networks and Telemetry. Urban Runoff Monitoring. Groundwater Monitoring. National Water Data Exchange.

3. Statistical Methods In Hydrology.

Random Variables and Statistics. Probability Distributions. Distribution Statistics. Probability Applications: Frequency and Return Period. Types of Probability Distribution Functions. Continuous Probability Distribution Functions. Frequency Analysis. Flow Duration Analysis. Linear Regression and Correlation.

4. Precipitation.

Water Vapor. Precipitation. Distribution of Precipitation. Point Precipitation. Areal Precipitation. Probable Maximum Precipitation. Gross and Net Precipitation. Precipitation Frequency Analysis. Snow Accumulation.

5. Interception and Depression Storage.

Interception. Throughfall. Depression Storage.

6. Evaporation and Transpiration.

Evaporation. Estimating Evaporation. Evaporation Control. Transpiration. Transpiration Control. Evapotranspiration. Estimating Evapotranspiration.

7. Infiltration.

Measuring Infiltration. Calculation of Infiltration. Horton's Infiltration Model. Green-Ampt Model. Huggins-Monke Model. Holtan Model. Recovery of Infiltration Capacity. Temporal and Spatial Variability of Infiltration Capacity. SCS Runoff Curve Number Procedure. PHI Index.

8. Surface Water Hydrology.

Streamflow. Runoff. Floods and Droughts. Snowmelt Hydrology.

9. Hydrographs.

Hydrograph Components. Hydrograph Time Relationships. Unit Hydrographs. Synthetic Unit Hydrographs. Hydrograph Routing.

10. Groundwater Hydrology.

Introduction. Groundwater Flow. Flow to Wells. Saltwater Intrusion. Groundwater Basin Development. Regional Groundwater Models. Joint Surface-Water-Groundwater Systems.

11. Urban Hydrology.

Approaches to Urban Hydrology. Effects of Urbanization on Runoff. Peak Flow Methods for Urban Areas. Urban Hydrograph Methods and Models. Vendor-Developed Urban Stormwater Software.

12. Hydrologic Simulation and Streamflow Synthesis.

Hydrologic Simulation Overview. Single-Event Rainfall-Runoff Models. Continuous Simulation Models. Groundwater Flow Simulation Models. Streamflow Synthesis.

13. Hydrology in Design.

Hydraulic Structure Design Methods. Hydrologic Design Data. Hydrologic Design Standards and Criteria. Synthesizing Design Storms. Urban Storm Drainage Design. Airport Drainage Design. Detention Storage Design.



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