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  • Paperback: 588 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; International edition edition (1 Sep 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071001743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071001748
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.6 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is designed for a hydrologist, civil or agricultural engineer. It offers comprehensive coverage of hydrology, incorporating the latest developments and the most up-to-date techniques. The book presents an integrated approach to hydrology, using the hydrologic system or control volume as a mechanism for analyzing hydrologic problems. It includes over 410 end-of-chapter problems and 94 worked example problems in the text. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Larry W. Mays (Scottsdale, AZ) is Professor of Civil and Engineering at The Arizona State University and former chairman of the department. He has published extensively on water resources literature, including over 60 refered journal publications, 65 papers in proceedings of national and international conferences, 30 reports, and two chapters in The Handbook of Civil Engineers Practice. His books include: co-author of Applied Hydrology by V.T. Chow, D.R. Maidment, and L. Mays, published by McGraw-Hill in 1988; editor of Reliability Analysis of Water Distribution Systems published by ASCE in 1989; co-author of Hydrosystems Engineering and Management with Y.K. Tung and published by McGraw-Hill in 1992; co-editor of Computer Modeling of Free-Surface and Pressurized Flow published by Kluwer Publishers in 1994; author of Optical Control of Hydrosystems published by Marcel-Dekker in 1996; and editor-in-chief of Water Resources Handbook published by McGraw-Hill in 1996; Water Distribution Systems Handbook, and Hydraulic Design Handbook also published by McGraw-Hill. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What a book. I had that book almost fiftty years ago but lost it in my travels. The book is defnietely usable useable today.
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By Jorge B. Silva on 7 April 2012
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Este livro é de facto uma bíblia para a análise hidrológica de bacias hidrográficas, fiquei muito contente com a informação contida. É uma referência bibliográfica de base para qualquer trabalho de engenharia.
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An Excellent Text 3 Jan 2006
By David B. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I use this text to teach a first-semester graduate class for civil engineers who are targeting a graduate degree with emphasis on hydrology. I've been using the text for nearly ten years. It might be a little advanced for undergraduates, but certainly is in the grasp of advanced undergraduate students.

Applied Hydrology is the text I wanted way back when I was in graduate school. Chow was still alive but had not finished the book. I was introduced to his writing in his open-channel hydraulics text, which I thought (and still think) is the best. Applied Hydrology was assembled posthumously by Maidment and Mays, who did a good job putting together whatever remained of Chow's work. I'm very glad they undertook the process and published the work. It's an important text for my discipline specialty.

Part 1 of the text covers the basics and does it well. This material is timeless and will not change much as new research comes available. Part 2 covers analysis and shows its age, just a bit. Unit hydrographs and lumped-flow routing are old technologies and while updates are inevitable, the basic technologies will not change. Chapters 9 and 10 are a bit dated as substantial work has been done over the last 15 years. They're still good, but require supplementation. Chapters 11 and 12 again contain great fundamentals but the technology is changing. The theory of linear moments (L-moments) is working its way into hydrologic statistics for fitting distributions to datasets. Furthermore, there is a trend toward using resistant statistics (median, inter-quartile range, and others) for description of the statistics of hydrologic datasets. Part 3 on hydrologic design is still good, but is also showing its age just a little. Again, the basics are great and well-explained. However, as new data become available and new analyses of those data are accomplished, new interpretations also become available. This is true especially with precipitation atlases and the estimation of n-year precipitation events, and hence n-year hydrologic events.

My observations are not an indictment of Applied Hydrology; it remains my favorite engineering hydrology textbook and I will continue to use it to teach engineers about hydrology. In my opinion, this is the best upper-undergrauate/graduate engineering hydrology text available. Like all textbooks, it is beginning to show its age because technology is not stagnant. But its descriptions of core concepts and the application thereof remains top notch.
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a must for water resource engineers and students 23 Sep 2003
By Wen Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I took a hydrology course taught by one of the authors (Larry Mays) using this book. Advantages of this book lies in (1) the arrangement of the contents is very logic-oriented, you don't feel aburpt jump from one chapter to another one, (2) the theory addressed in the text is concise, easy to read and understand, (3) the examples used to illustrate the theories are very correlated. Other books may be good too, however, in terms of "hydrology" alone, I haven't seen a better one. It is a useful reference for your understanding of hydrologic design manual, creteria.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By ORHAN GUNDUZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A must have reference for those of you guys in the field of Applied Hydrology. If you are tackling the task of modeling some particular hydrologic process, you will find the detailed descriptions and flow charts very handy. Step by step derivations of equations, excellent referencing and convenient chapter setup makes this book a first-to-look reference. Although it is a 1988 print, you will hardly feel it unless you really dig into details like flow routing in meandering rivers.
I believe you will enjoy reading this book...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent hydrology text 5 Nov 2002
By John Tauxe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-written and fairly comprehensive textbook for the science and engineering of hydrology, suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses. I used it for a class taught by one of the authors (David Maidment), so it was a natural fit for the class, but I believe that any competent teacher could make good use of it. The example problems are useful and the explanations are clear.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent coverage on surface water hydrology 14 April 2012
By Tommy S. W. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, the explanations, the mathematics, and the diagrams are clear and easy to understand. This is an outstanding book even by today's standard. Its coverage on surface water hydrology is simply excellent.
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