March 2012, Vol. 24, No.3

Water Volumes

Data Requirements for Integrated Urban Water Management

Tim D. Fletcher and Ana Deletíc, editors (2007). Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Books,6000 Broken Sound Parkway, NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487, 392 pp., $144.30, hardcover, ISBN 10: 0415453453.

This book is part of a series of urban water management books produced by the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO IHP), with contributions by a working group of scientists from France, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The book provides guidance on data collection, validation, storage, assessment, and utilization. Scientists and professionals involved in urban water management may find it a great reference book. Water management practitioners and decision-makers also may benefit in terms of urban water-cycle management.

The book includes an introductory segment that presents an overview of the concept of an integrated urban water system, followed by three parts. Part 1 describes the general principles for developing a monitoring program to support sustainable urban water management. Part 2 discusses in detail the monitoring of individual water-cycle components. Part 3 provides case studies illustrating data requirements for integrated urban water management.

This book follows the theme of UNESCO IHP — the role of water in cities and the effects of urbanization on the hydrological cycle and water resources — and is issue No. 1 of UNESCO IHP’s Urban Water Series. A listing of acronyms is provided at the beginning, making for easy reference. A glossary also is included, which aids comprehension of major core concepts related to urban water management.

Gang Chen is an assistant professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee). 


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