Physical Hydrology (2002, 2015)

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Physical Hydrology


Physical Hydrology

Authors, Editions, Dates[edit]

S. Lawrence Dingman; 1st edn. 1994, 2nd edn. 2002, 3rd. edn. 2015

Publisher, Place[edit]

1st edn.: MacMillan Publishing Co., New York, NY; 2nd edn.: Prentice Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, and Waveland Press Inc., Long Grove, IL; 3rd edn.: Waveland Press Inc., Long Grove IL.




1st. edn.: 0-02-329745-X; 2nd edn. (Prentice-Hall):0-13-099695-5;(Waveland): 1-57766-561-9; 3rd edn.: 1-4786-1118-9


"Physical Hydrology" is a comprehensive text covering the physical aspects of the hydrologic cycle, written at the upper-level undergraduate/first-year-graduate level. Concepts are described qualitatively and quantitatively. Each chapter concludes with student exercises, many making use of spreadsheets and/or information obtained via the Internet. Over 1000 references to the hydrological literature are cited. The scope and organization of the 3rd edition are indicated below.

Part 1: Introduction

 Chapter 1: Hydrology: Basic Concepts and Challenges
  1.1 Definition and scope of hydrology
  1.2 Approach and scope of this book
  1.3 Physical quantities and laws
  1.4 Dimensions and units
  1.5 Properties of water
  1.6 Hydrologic systems and the conservation equations
  1.7 The watershed
  1.8 Special characteristics of hydrologic variables
  1.9 Hydrologic storage
  1.10 Uncertainty in hydrology
  1.11 Application of basic concepts to modeling watershed functioning
 Chapter 2: The Global Context: Climate, Hydrology, and the Critical Zone
  2.1 Basic aspects of global climate
  2.2 The global hydrologic cycle
  2.3 Hydrology and the Critical Zone 

Part 2: Surface-Atmosphere Water and Energy Exchange

 Chapter 3: Principles and Processes
  3.1 Pressure-temperature-density relations
  3.2 Water vapor
  3.3 The evaporation process
  3.4 The precipitation process
  3.5 Turbulent exchange of momentum, mass, and energy
 Chapter 4: Precipitation
  4.1 Meteorology
  4.2 Measurement
  4.3 Areal estimation from point measurements
  4.4 Precipitation climatology
 Chapter 5: Snow and Snowmelt
  5.1 Hydrologic importance of snow
  5.2 Material characteristics of snow
  5.3 Measurement of snow and snowmelt
  5.4 Distribution of snow
  5.5 Snowmelt processes
  5.6 Snowmelt runoff generation
  5.7 Snowmelt modeling
 Chapter 6: Evapotranspiration
  6.1 Evaporation and heat-exchange processes
  6.2 Classification of evapotranspiration processes
  6.3 Free-water and lake evaporation
  6.4 Bare-soil evaporation
  6.5 Transpiration
  6.6 Interception and interception loss
  6.7 Potential and reference-crop evapotranspiration
  6.8 Actual evapotranspiration

Part 3: Water Movement on the Land

 Chapter 7: Principles of Subsurface Flow
  7.1 Material properties of porous media
  7.2 Water storage
  7.3 Basic principles of saturated subsurface flow
  7.4 Basic principles of unsaturated subsurface flow
 Chapter 8: Infiltration and Water Movement in Soils
  8.1 Water conditions in soils
  8.2 The infiltration process
  8.3 Measurement of infiltration
  8.4 Quantitative modeling of infiltration at a point
  8.5 Infiltration over areas
  8.6 Redistribution of soil water
 Chapter 9: Ground Water in the Hydrologic Cycle
  9.1 Aquifers and aquitards
  9.2 Regional ground-water flow
  9.3 Ground-water - surface-water relations
  9.4 Ground water in the regional water balance
  9.5 Evaluation of ground-water balance components
  9.6 Impacts of ground-water development on regional hydrology
 Chapter 10: Runoff Generation and Streamflow
  10.1 The watershed and the stream network
  10.2 General characteristics of stream response
  10.3 Identification of runoff sources
  10.4 Event-flow generation processes
  10.5 Channel processes
  10.6 Rainfall-runoff modeling

Appendix A: Measurement Precision, Significant Figures, and Unit and Equation Conversion Appendix B: Water as a Substance Appendix C: Statistical Concepts Useful in Hydrology Appendix D: Estimation of Daily Clear-Sky Solar Radiation Appendix E: Stream-Gauging Methods for Short-Term Studies Appendix F: Hydrologic Simulation Modeling Appendix G: Development of Scientific Hydrology


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