Treatise on Water Science

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Peter Wilderer
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444531933
eBook ISBN: 9780444531995
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 28th January 2011
Page Count: 2102
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Water quality and management are of great significance globally, as the demand for clean, potable water far exceeds the availability. Water science research brings together the natural and applied sciences, engineering, chemistry, law and policy, and economics, and the Treatise on Water Science seeks to unite these areas through contributions from a global team of author-experts. The 4-volume set examines topics in depth, with an emphasis on innovative research and technologies for those working in applied areas.

Key Features

  • Published in partnership with and endorsed by the International Water Association (IWA), demonstrating the authority of the content
  • Editor-in-Chief Peter Wilderer, a Stockholm Water Prize recipient, has assembled a world-class team of volume editors and contributing authors
  • Topics related to water resource management, water quality and supply, and handling of wastewater are treated in depth


Oceanographers, engineers, advanced students and others whose work concerns water research; water supply/utility companies; government agencies tasked with environmental resource management; and environmental science libraries

Table of Contents

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Editors
  • The Importance of Water Science in a World of Rapid Change: A Preface to the Treatise on Water Science
  • Volume 1: Management of Water Resources

    • Preface – Management of Water Resources

      • 1 The Water Crisis
      • 2 Why Studying Water Is So Important
      • 3 Current Global Water Balance
      • 4 Establishing Water Policy
      • 5 Predicting Future Demands for Water
      • 6 Drivers of Socioeconomic Growth
      • 7 Transboundary Conflicts
      • 8 River Basin Politics
      • 9 The Contents of Volume I
      • References
    • 1.01. Integrated Water Resources Management

      • 1.01.1 Introduction
      • 1.01.2 IWRM at the Watershed Level: Watershed Management
      • 1.01.3 IWRM at the Water-Use Systems Level: Agricultural Water Management
      • 1.01.4 IWRM at the Water-Use Systems Level: Water Supply and Sanitation Services
      • 1.01.5 IWRM at the Basin Level
      • 1.01.6 IWRM at the National Level: Policies and Governance
      • 1.01.7 IWRM at the Transnational and Global Level: Information Sharing, Cooperation, and Technical and Financial Assistance
      • 1.01.8 IWRM as a Meta-Concept
      • 1.01.9 History and Evolution of the Concept of IWRM
      • 1.01.10 Assessments and Critiques of the Concept of IWRM
      • References
      • Relevant Websites
    • 1.02. Governing Water: Institutions, Property Rights, and Sustainability

      • 1.02.1 Introduction
      • 1.02.2 International Organizations and Water Policy Debate
      • 1.02.3 Governing Water from the Ground Up
      • 1.02.4 Courts: Hiding in Plain View
      • 1.02.5 Conclusion: Reconceptualizing Water Governance
      • References
    • 1.03. Managing Aquatic Ecosystems

      • 1.03.1 Introduction
      • 1.03.2 Key Concepts
      • 1.03.3 Distribution and Classification of Aquatic Ecosystems
      • 1.03.4 Drivers of Ch


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Peter Wilderer

Affiliations and Expertise

Technische Universität München, Am Coulombwall, D-85748 Garching, Germany