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By Robert Maliva, Thomas Missimer

ISBN-10: 3642291031

ISBN-13: 9783642291036

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A huge a part of the worldwide inhabitants lives in arid lands that have low rainfall and sometimes lack the water required for sustainable inhabitants and financial development. This booklet provides a accomplished description of the hydrogeology and hydrologic strategies at paintings in arid lands. It describes the ideas that may be used to evaluate and deal with the water assets of those parts with an emphasis on groundwater assets, together with fresh advances in hydrologic evaluate and the variations among how aquifer platforms behave in arid lands as opposed to extra humid components. Water administration options are defined and summarized to teach how a extra accomplished method of water administration is needed in those parts, together with the necessity to concentrate on cultural sensitivities and stipulations distinctive to many arid areas. the mixing of latest assets with the addition of recent water assets, corresponding to desalination of brackish water and seawater, in addition to reusing handled wastewater, may be required to fulfill destiny water provide wishes. additionally, altering weather conditions will strength water administration structures to be extra strong in order that destiny water provide calls for might be met as droughts develop into extra extreme and rainfall occasions turn into extra extreme. various water administration innovations are defined and mentioned with the intention to illustrate the equipment for integrating those measures in the context of arid lands conditions.

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