Hydrology and Water Resources of Africa / Edition 1

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This book provides a unique coverage of the hydrology and water resources of Africa, including the neighbouring islands. The contents are covered in fourteen chapters. The volume contains a CD-ROM with raw meteorological, hydrometric and water quality data. Emphasis is laid on the components of the hydrological cycle; precipitation, evaporation and runoff of both land and insular Africa. The hydrologic characteristics of sixteen rivers and wadi basins of different sizes are presented and discussed. In addition, hydrology of lakes, and other wetlands and storage reservoirs are presented. Furthermore, the principal groundwater aquifers are reviewed.

Last, but not least, the role of water resources in the overall development of Africa is highlighted.

Audience: This volume should appeal to researchers and professionals working in the fields of civil and agricultural engineering, physical geography, African studies, and those interested in surface and groundwater resources in Africa.

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"Given the broad coverage of the hydrology and water resources of Africa, including its islands, this volume deserves much applause as a source of data. Summarizing the main points raised in each section, there is a valuable collection of the hydro-meteorological data in a series of tables and figures. Besides this, the enormous body of references, some of which are quite rare, is suggestive of an extensive background study. [....]This volume would appeal to researchers and professionals working in the fields of water and agricultural engineering, geosciences, African studies, and those interested in surface and groundwater resources in Africa. For quite a number of eningeering-based readers, who deal with the interface of hydrology and water resource, this book would prove very useful." (Jayanta Bandyopadhyay and Shama Perveen, IWRA, Water International, 30:1, March 2005)

"This study is the culmination of the author’s long career working in hydrology in Africa … . Overall this book represents a significant compilation of literature, data and analysis … and as such provides a very substantial and useful source of information. It should be an essential book for library reference collections and a useful first port of call for researchers to look up information on the physical characteristics, climate and hydrology of Africa … ." (Declan Conway, Hydrological Sciences Journal, October, Vol. 48 (5), October, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402008665
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/30/2002
  • Series: Water Science and Technology Library Series, #41
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 659
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication. Preface. Selected Theories and Phrases.
1. Introduction.
2. Climate.
3. Analysis of Rainfall Data.
4. Evaporation.
5. Evapotranspiration.
6. Runoff, Streamflow, Erosion and Sedimentation.
7. Hydrology of Large River Basins: Eastern and Western Africa.
8. Hydrology of Large River Basins; Central and Southern Africa.
9. Hydrology of Selected Intermediate and Small River Basins.
10. Hydrology of Wetlands and Natural Lakes.
11. Large Dams and Storage Reservoirs, Their Impacts.
12. Groundwater Resources of Africa.
13. Hydrology and Water Resources of Islands.
14. Water Resources and Development of Africa.
Guide to Meteorological, Hydrometric and Water Data Used in the Book.
Reference Index. Geographical Index.

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