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© 2012

Arid Lands Water Evaluation and Management

Benefits

  • Constitutes the first comprehensive book on arid lands water management that includes all aspects of the water supply, including groundwater, surface water, desalination, and water reuse

  • Richly illustrated with over 10 color illustrations showing many photographs of geologic and hydrologic features unique to arid lands

  • Integrates water management techniques with the science of aquifer hydrogeology and other engineering aspects of water supply

Book

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Science book sub series (ENVSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Arid Regions Water Management and Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 3-20
    3. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 21-39
  3. Arid Lands Geology and Hydrogeology: An Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 43-94
    3. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 95-115
    4. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 117-148
  4. Water Budget and Recharge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 151-161
    3. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 163-185
    4. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 187-208
    5. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 209-219
  5. Water Resources Assessment Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 247-275
    3. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 277-291
    4. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 293-327
    5. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 329-342
    6. Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer
      Pages 343-363

About this book

Introduction

A large part of the global population lives in arid lands which have low rainfall and often lack the water required for sustainable population and economic growth. This book presents a comprehensive description of the hydrogeology and hydrologic processes at work in arid lands. It describes the techniques that can be used to assess and manage the water resources of these areas with an emphasis on groundwater resources, including recent advances in hydrologic evaluation and the differences between how aquifer systems behave in arid lands versus more humid areas. Water management techniques are described and summarized to show how a more comprehensive approach to water management is required in these areas, including the need to be aware of cultural sensitivities and conditions unique to many arid regions. The integration of existing resources with the addition of new water sources, such as desalination of brackish water and seawater, along with reusing treated wastewater, will be required to meet future water supply needs. Also, changing climatic conditions will force water management systems to be more robust so that future water supply demands can be met as droughts become more intense and rainfall events become more intense. A range of water management techniques are described and discussed in order to illustrate the methods for integrating these measures within the context of arid lands conditions.

Keywords

Arid Lands Desalination Hydrogeology Integrated Water Management Water Reuse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Schlumberger Water ServicesFort MyersUSA
  2. 2.and Technology, Water Desalination and Reuse CenterKing Abdullah University of ScienceThuwalSaudi Arabia

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book focuses on the technologies available to assess, manage, and develop water resources in arid regions worldwide. … The book highlights the problems with past management methods and offers new solutions that take a holistic approach by recognizing and considering economic, sociocultural, and political issues. … the authors address current and best practices in easy-to-understand language. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through graduate students in environmental sciences/economics, engineering, or hydrogeology; researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners; government officials in arid regions worldwide.” (M. E. Lenczewski, Choice, Vol. 50 (8), April, 2013)