Science and Society
By George Hornberger & Debra Perrone
In this new textbook, the role of water resources in natural, social, and human-built systems is examined, helping students understand and evaluate the complex tradeoffs required to achieve sustainable water management. Providing a much-needed educational tool that looks at freshwater resources, the text includes a primer on the elements of physical hydrology necessary to understand resource availability; relates water to agriculture, energy, the environment, and urbanization; highlights connections between water quantity and quality; explains the economic and legal constraints round water resources; considers the impacts of climate change and population growth; and proposes paths forward for the sustainable use of water.
Teaching basic methods used to make informed water management decisions, the book includes illustrative quantitative calculations, qualitative think-pieces, and case studies. An appendix provides a review of units, dimensions, and conversions useful for addressing each chapter's example problems. Online answer keys are also available.
John J. Boland, Johns Hopkins University
"This book is significant for its even-handed treatment of a wide range of issues, applications, disciplines, and policy initiatives. The most integrated examination of water resources that I have seen."