Scale Dependence and Scale Invariance in Hydrology

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Whether processes in the natural world are dependent or independent of the scale at which they operate is one of the major issues in hydrologic science. In this volume, leading hydrologists present their views on the role of scale effects in hydrologic phenomena occurring in a range of field settings, from the land surface to deep fractured rock. This book is intended as an accessible introduction for graduate students and researchers to some of the most significant questions and challenges that will face hydrologic science in the twenty-first century.
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"The editor is commended for assembling 26 prestigious authors who, in 14 chapters, present, their views on scaling hydrological processes such as water flows and related transports, in diverse systems such as entire landscapes, river networks, hillslopes, soils, fractured rocks, and aquifers...engaging and stimulating." Soil Science

"This book addresses an important issue in modern hydrology: scale dependency or independency in hydrologic processes using mathematical models....The editor, Garrison Sposito, must be congratulated for this book." Journal of Geoscience Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521088589
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Scale Analyses for Land-Surface Hydrology 1
2 Hillslopes, Channels, and Landscape Scale 30
3 Scaling in River Networks 61
4 Spatial Variability and Scale Invariance in Hydrologic Regionalization 88
5 An Emerging Technology for Scaling Field Soil-Water Behavior 136
6 Scaling Invariance and the Richards Equation 167
7 Scaling of the Richards Equation and Its Application to Watershed Modeling 190
8 Scale Issues of Heterogeneity in Vadose-Zone Hydrology 224
9 Stochastic Modeling of Scale-dependent Macrodispersion in the Vadose Zone 266
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