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Dictionary of Water Engineering

Dictionary of Water Engineering


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* clear and spacious layout for easy reference and reading

* 3500 terms, clearly defined

* numerous key terms explained more fully

* cross-references to associated and alternative terms

* illustrations help clarify more complex terms, equipment and structures

"The Dictionary of Water Engineering" provides an essential and up-to-date source of information on all aspects of water engineering and technology. Emphasis is placed on small-scale supply, the needs of poorer communities and on the importance of sustainability.

The entries cover water supplies for urban and rural communities, wastewater systems, water resources, hydrology, irrigation, river improvement, drainage, erosion, groundwater exploration, hydrography, flood protection, hydraulic machines, dams and water power.

The dictionary is designed to meet the needs of engineers, technicians and students throughout the world. It is a practical reference tool for down-to-earth use by all those involved in water and sanitation programs from planners to fieldworkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853394904
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles Kerr one of the contributors, was a civil engineer and a specialist in water supply. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in civil engineering. He spent most of his career working abroad. Since retiring from full-time consultancy work he became well-known as an expert in low-cost water supply. For the last 15 years of his life he was the technical editor of Waterlines, the journal for low-cost water supply and sanitation. Charles Kerr died in 2001 while this dictionary was in the final stages of preparation.

Ken Nelson studied civil engineering at Cardiff University, where he was awarded the Colonel Page Prize in Engineering. In 1950 he left for Australia, where he worked on irrigation, water supply and river improvement schemes, mostly in Victoria. He was employed as Engineer-in-Charge, Farm Water Supplies. Since retiring from full-time work he has worked as a consulting engineer and technical writer.

Robert Legg one of the contributors, graduated in civil engineering from the University of St Andrews, and did postgraduate work at Imperial College London. Nearly all his career has been spent with consulting engineers, mainly on work related to water resources, hydraulic structures and applied hydrology. He has worked in many parts of the world including Canada, Indonesia, USA, Central Africa and the Western Arctic. He is a member of the British Dams Society and the British Hydrological Society.

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