Water is a key natural resource, the modelling and management of which is made complex by its inherent spatial unevenness and temporal variability. Stochastic modelling and forecasting cannot at present adequately represent the characteristics of hydrological regimes, nor analyze the influence of water on processes that arise in biological systems and those involving hydrological, geophysical and other processes. This book presents discussions of new stochastic modelling approaches against the requirement of sustainable development in an environment that is changing due to human influence. A major challenge is to consider the effects of a changing climate and ecological impacts when developing modelling and risk assessment procedures in support of river basin management.
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The 18 papers contained in this text were chosen as a representative sample of the work presented at the November 1998 conference on stochastic modeling of hydrological practices. The conference was organized to bring together researchers working in the two different schools of thought operating in the countries of the Russian Federation and the wider world. The papers describe stochastic models aiming to represent the characteristics of hydrological regimes and investigate the influence of water factors which arise in biological systems or involving hydrochemical and geophysical processes. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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