• Book Name: Modeling methods and practices in soil and water engineering by Megh Raj
  • Author: Megh Raj
  • Pages: 432
  • Size: 38 MB

Modeling Methods and Practices in Soil and Water Engineering

Mathematical models in the field of soil and water engineering have become essential tools for the planning, development, and management of land and water resources. They are increasingly used to analyze quantity and quality of stream flow, groundwater and soil water, and different water resources management activities. Their application in the fields of soil and water engineering has expanded the horizon of innovative research. Modeling Methods and Practices in Soil and Water Engineering, a volume in the new book series Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, discusses the development of useful models and their applications in soil and water engineering.

The book contains 12 chapters spreading over three parts: Modeling Methods in Soil and Water Engineering, Research Innovations in Soil and Water Engineering, and Irrigation Management of Crops. The first section covers various modeling methods, including groundwater recharge estimation, rainfall-runoff modeling using artificial neural networks, development and application of a water balance model and a HYDRUS-2D model for cropped fields, a multi-model approach for stream flow simulation, multi-criteria analysis for construction of groundwater structures in hard rock terrains, hydrologic modeling of watersheds using remote sensing, and GIS and AGNPS. The effects of climate change on water resources planning and management and sustainable urban drainage systems are discussed in the book’s second section.

A specialized chapter deals with applications of remote sensing and GIS for watershed planning and management. Irrigation water for agriculture is diminishing day by day, which affects rice production in many rice-growing countries. The third section addresses productivity of rice under deficit irrigation and suggests different water-saving irrigation techniques to help in obtaining optimum yield. Finally methods to estimate water requirement of different crops and performance of plantation crops in degraded watersheds under different conservation trenches are discussed.

Modeling Methods and Practices in Soil and Water Engineering

The book will serve as a reference manual for graduate and undergraduate students of agriculture and agricultural, civil, and biological engineering and will also be valuable for those who teach, practice, and research soil and water conservation methods for agriculture. The contributions by the authors of different chapters of this book are very valuable and without their support this book would have not been published successfully. The authors are well experts in their fields. Their names are mentioned in each chapter and also separately in the list of contributors. The readers are requested to offer constructive suggestions that may help to improve the next edition.

I take the opportunity to offer my heartfelt obligations to Distinguished Professor Megh R. Goyal “Father of Irrigation Engineering of 20th Century in Puerto Rico” and editor of this book who has benevolently given me an opportunity to serve as a lead editor of this book. We both thank all the editorial staff of Apple Academic Press Inc. for making every effort to publish this book. I express my deep obligations to my family, friends and colleagues for their help and moral support during preparation of the book.

Modeling methods and practices in soil and water engineering.

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