Applied Hydrology First edition By Ven Chow, David Maidment, Larry Mays


General Introduction

Applied Hydrology is a guidebook for practical hydrologists and a curriculum for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in hydrology. The book focuses on surface and groundwater hydrology and is divided into three sections: Hydrologic Processes, Hydrologic Analysis, and Hydrologic Design. The scientific concepts regulating hydrologic events are described in Chapters 1 to 6, which cover the hydrological cycle. The hydrogeological system is visualized as a generalized control volume, and the physical laws governing mass, dynamism, and energy are applied to the flow of atmospheric water, subsurface water, and surface water using Reynold's Transport Theorem (or general control volume equation) from fluid mechanics.

A chapter on hydrologic measurement concludes this part. The next six chapters (7–12) deal with hydrologic analysis, focusing on computational approaches in hydrology for specific problems such as rainfall-runoff modeling, flow routing, and extreme event analysis. These chapters are arranged in order of how the analysis handles space and time variability, as well as the randomness of hydrologic system behavior. The subject of flow routing by the dynamic wave method is given special attention in Chapters 9 and 10, where the recent availability of standardized computer programs has made this method widely applicable.

Hydrologic design is presented in the final three chapters (13 to 15), which focus on the risks inherent in the hydrologic design, the selection of design storms including probable maximum precipitation, and the calculation of design flows for various problems including the design of storm sewers, flood control works, and water supply reservoirs.

Any book on hydrology reflects the authors' personal views on the subject, which have developed over many years of teaching, study, and professional experience. And our take on the issue is Applied Hydrology. We wanted to make it as rigorous, coherent, numerical, and practical as possible. We believe that the analytical method taken will be sound enough that new knowledge in the field can be added to the foundation laid here as it becomes available. Hydrologic phenomena such as floods and droughts have a substantial impact on public welfare, and the hydrologist has a responsibility to deliver the best information possible based on current knowledge and available data. This book is meant to contribute to the ultimate objective of improved hydrologic practice. 

Regarding the development of this book, a specific word is appropriate. Professor Ven Te Chow of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign started the project many years ago and wrote a large volume of paper for some of the chapters. Lora, his widow, urged us to finish the project when he passed away in 1981. We both graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with master's degrees in hydrology and shared the hydrologic system perspective that Ven Te Chow cultivated during his life.

During the years it took us to write this book, we found ourselves having to restart virtually from the beginning in order for the final product to be consistent and complete. We steadily evolved the principles as we utilised the text in teaching our hydrology classes at the University of Texas at Austin, and they are now offered here. We feel we have captured the spirit of Ven Te Chow's original work on the subject.


General Details:

Book Name: Applied Hydrology

Categories: Engineering

Year: 1988

Edition: First edition

PublisherMcGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math

Language: English

Pages: 540

ISBN 10: 0070108102

ISBN 13: 9780070108103

File: PDF, 20.89 MB


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