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Introduction to Physical Hydrology


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1: Introduction1.1: Major water types1.2: Hydrological cycle1.3: Drainage basin hydrological processes1.4: Water balance2: Atmospheric water2.1: Cloud formation2.2: Generation of precipitation2.3: Precipitation types2.4: Measuring precipitation2.5: Areal precipitation2.6: Evaporation types and measurement2.7: Estimating evaporation: Penman-Monteith3: Groundwater3.1: Misconceptions3.2: Drilling a hole3.3: Bernoulli to the aid3.4: Aqui3.5: Effective infiltration velocity and infiltration rate3.6: The soil as a wet sponge3.7: Brothers in science: Darcy and Ohm3.8: Refracting the water3.9: Keep it simple and confined3.10: Continuity and its consequences3.11: Going Dutch3.12: Flow nets3.13: Groundwater flow regimes and systems3.14: Fresh and saline: Ghijben-Herzberg3.15: Groundwater hydraulics4: Soil water4.1: Negative water pressures4.2: Determining the total potential4.3: The soil as dry filter paper or a wet sponge4.4: The soil moisture characteristic4.5: Drying and wetting: hysteresis4.6: Unsaturated water flow4.7: Moving up: capillary rise and evaporation4.8: Moving down: infiltration and percolation4.9: Preferential flow5: Surface water5.1: Bernoulli revisited5.2: Measuring stage, water velocity and discharge5.3: Hydrograph analysis5.4: Conceptual rainfall-runoff models5.5: Variable source area hydrologyC Conceptual ToolkitC1: If you can't do the mathC2: Mathematical differentiation and integrationC3: Quick reference to some differentiation rulesM Mathematics ToolboxesM1: Confined aquifer: horizontal flowM2: Unconfined aquifer: horizontal flowM3: Leaky aquifer: inverse landscapeM4: Unconfined aquifer with recharge: canals with equal water levelsM5: Unconfined aquifer with recharge: streams with different water levelsM6: Confined aquifer: radial-symmetric flowM7: Unconfined aquifer: radial-symmetric flowM8: Derivation of the Richards equationM9: Other forms of the Richards equationM10: Open channel flowA Answers to the exercises

About the Author

Martin Hendriks is Associate Professor of Physical Hydrology at Utrecht University, where he teaches hydrology and physical geography at all levels, and co-ordinates their MSc programme in Physical Geography and Hydrology.


"I think it is the best textbook for undergraduates that I have seen so far. I am very fond of your examples, your exercise material and the treatment of mathematics. " - Professor Hubert Savenije, Delft University of Technology "Excellent mathematical tools, and boxes that bring extra knowledge and interesting applications. A pleasure to read. " - Dr Roger Thunvik, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden "A detailed and thorough review of the physical principles of hydrology... case studies and examples as 'boxes', and student exercises (along with all important answers) makes this student textbook a useful addition to the literature available in this subject area. " - Dr Ian Maddock, Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Worcester

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