Best Reference Books – Hydrology

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Hydrology subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Hydrology along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Hydrology subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Hydrology" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Hydrology and Soil Conservation Engineering” by Gunshyam das

“Hydrology and Soil Conservation Engineering” Book Review: This second edition of the book provides a clear explanation on the topics like treatment of hydrology of watersheds, soil erosion problems, design and installation of soil conservation practices and structures, hydro-logic and sediment yield models, watershed management and water harvesting in the book. This book is targeted for undergraduate engineering students of agricultural engineering for courses in hydrology, and soil and water conservation engineering. Other important chapters contained in the book include field practices,analysis and design of basic hydraulic structures and an entire chapter on watershed management.

2. “Engineering Hydrology” by Subramanya K

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“Engineering Hydrology” Book Review: This book is targeted for undergraduate level students in civil engineering and the concepts are explained in a simple and concise manner. The points are covered in a logical way, and there are a wide range of solved examples given in the book. It’s main focus lies on Applied problems. Topics like elementary treatment of engineering hydrology as well as various problems dealing with are dealt in this book. Diagrams provided in this book are clear and error free. There are standard and simple descriptions on Indian scenarios of water resources with orientation to tropical climates and it contains ample number of solved examples. This book is mainly for civil engineering students.

3. “Groundwater” by Raghunath H M

“Groundwater” Book Review: This book on the subject of groundwater, is the guideline for the hydro-geology courses provided all over the country. This course is generally offered to students at the first to third graduate college year, preferably after elementary courses. It has also been revised from time-to-time to contain all the relevant changes happening each year. Chapters like all aspects of groundwater – investigation, development and utilisation are also provided in the subsequent chapters of the book.

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4. “Manual of Soil and Water Conservation Practices” by Gurmel Singh

“Manual of Soil and Water Conservation Practices” Book Review: This book covers all the techniques related to soil and water conservation structures. It also includes the technical details of various conservation techniques. Mainly targeted for agricultural engineering students, it provides technical support engineering students at undergraduate, postgraduate as well as PhD level. In addition, the book will be a valuable reference to professional and agricultural scientists working in the field of micro irrigation. Chapters contained in the book include Soil and water’ conservation, aspect of soil and water’ conservation structures etc.

5. “Principles of Agricultural Engineering Vol. II” by Michael A M and Ojha T P
6. “Soil and Water Conservation Engineering” by Suresh R
7. “Hydrology: Principles, Analysis, Design” by H M Raghunath

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“Hydrology: Principles, Analysis, Design” Book Review: This book is presented as a combination of analytical rigour as well as accessibility. New chapters on the phases of the Hydro-logic cycle and related topics have been added to the existing edition of the book. Also provided in the book are a plethora of examples as well as exercise questions to practice as well as test the concepts grasped by the book. It also has an all-round introduction to collection of hydrological data, processing and analysis of data and hydro logical design on sound principles and matured judgement with an excellent list of references and diagrams are also clearly labelled in the book. Students in the fields of Civil and Agricultural Engineering, Geology and Earth Sciences may find it fruitful.

8. “A Textbook of Hydrology” by P Jaya Rami Reddy

“A Textbook of Hydrology” Book Review: This book is a teaching aid as well as a practical guide for undergraduate students pursuing hydro-logical design. It also covers the syllabus prescribed for the subject of hydrology by almost all the universities. Several important concepts such as hydro-logical cycles like precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, infiltration, run-off, storage, ground water etc. are covered extensively by the author in this textbook.

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9. “Introduction to Physical Hydrology” by Martin Hendriks

“Introduction to Physical Hydrology” Book Review: Streamlined to facilitate student understanding, this fourth edition contains the latest techniques, methodologies and new problems, provides a comprehensive study of flow of water on the land and also the four major types of water: atmospheric, ground, soil, and surface. It also deals with the special requirements of climate and global hydrology which is the large-scale study of hydrology in order to understand the impact of the climate on water supply. This book is designed for undergraduate students of Physical Hydrology courses. It will also be of considerable value to students of engineering.

10. “Hydrology in Practice ” by Elizabeth M Shaw and Keith J Beven

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“Hydrology in Practice” Book Review: This book has been rewritten entirely in order to keep up with the modern and latest developments in the field of hydrology, both in approach and content. This book contains newer illustrations of Flood Studies Report and methods of the Flood Estimation in the form of diagrams to make the topic more understandable. Keeping in mind, the latest syllabus of various universities in India, Topical case studies are also included in this book and a detailed description is also provided by the author. A large number of solved numerical examples drawn from various university examinations have been given at the end of the theoretical part of each chapter. Second- and final-year undergraduate (and MS) students of hydrology in engineering, environmental science, and geography departments across the globe, as well as professionals in environmental protection agencies and consultancies, will find this book handy.

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