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In this concise introduction to water resources, Shimon Anisfeld explores the fundamental interactions between humans and water, including drinking, sanitation, irrigation, and power production. The book familiarizes students with the current water crisis and with approaches for managing this essential resource more effectively in a time of rapid environmental and social change. Anisfeld addresses both human and ecological problems, including scarcity, pollution, disease, flooding, conflicts over water, and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. In addition to providing the background necessary to understand each of these problems, the book discusses ways to move towards better management and addresses the key current debates in the water policy field.


In the past, water development has often proceeded in a single-sector fashion, with each group of users implementing its own plans without coordination with other groups, resulting in both conflict and inefficiency. Now, Anisfeld writes, the challenge of water management is figuring out how to balance all the different demands for water, from sanitation to energy generation to ecosystem protection.


For inquiring students of any level, Water Resources provides a comprehensive one-volume guide to a complex but vital field of study.

Book News Annotation:

Anisfeld (water resources and environmental chemistry, Yale U.) introduces the science and policy of water resources, in order to provide students, professionals, and lay readers with a basic understanding of the global water crisis and what steps might be taken toward resolving it. It can be used as a main text for a graduate course on water resource management, he says, hopefully supplemented with other material. Among his topics are water availability and use, dealing with floods, water security, soft and hard technologies for sustainable water management, water for households and health, getting more from less in agricultural water use, using water more wisely in industry, and transboundary and intersectoral water management. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


About the Author

Dr. Shimon Anisfeld is Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry at Yale Universitys School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His articles have appeared in major journals, including Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Sustainable Forestry, and Estuaries.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Past, Present, and Future: Introduction to the Water Crisis

Chapter 2. Quantity and Quality: Introduction to Water Resource Science

Chapter 3. Supply and Demand: Water Availability and Water Use

Chapter 4. Water, Water, Every Where: Dealing with Floods

Chapter 5. Nor Any Drop to Drink: Water Scarcity

Chapter 6. The End of Stationarity: Water in an Era of Global Change

Chapter 7. Soft and Hard: Technologies for Sustainable Water Management

Chapter 8. Humans and Ecosystems: Finding the Right Balance

Chapter 9. Overconsumption and Underconsumption: Water for Households and Health

Chapter 10. Crops and Drops: Getting More from Less in Agricultural Water Use

Chapter 11. Growth and Sustainability: Using Water More Wisely in Industry

Chapter 12. Basic Need and Economic Good: The Contested Role of Economics in Water Management

Chapter 13. Conflict and Cooperation: Transboundary and Intersectoral Water Management

Chapter 14. Conclusion: The Imperative of Better Management


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Anisfeld, Shimon C.
Island Press
Anisfeld, Shimon
Environmental Science
Watershed management
Water resources development
Real Estate - General
Environmental Studies-General
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Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies Series
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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