January 2011, Vol. 23, No.1

Water Volumes

Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis, Fourth Edition

Philip B. Bedient, Wayne C. Huber, and Baxter E. Vieux, (2007), Prentice–Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458, 816 pp., $142.80, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-13-174589-6.

This book facilitates transferring online data from governmental and scientific sources to practicing hydrologists and students. Instructors who teach courses on hydrology may find it an excellent textbook. This book also can serve as a valuable reference for practicing engineers for hydrologic principles, flood frequency analysis, floodplain analysis, computer simulation, and hydrologic stormwater design.

There are 12 chapters covering basic concepts of hydrology, as well as hydrology design applications and flood management. As such, the book can be divided into three sections: hydrology traditional topics (chapters 1 to 4), hydrology theory applications and modeling techniques (chapters 5 to 9), and hydrologic computation and watershed evaluation (chapters 11 and 12). These three sections are systemically integrated in a logical order.

The first section focuses on a comprehensive view of the overall hydrologic cycle in nature. The second section emphasizes, in detail, the latest methods and computer models available for practical use. The third section discusses the use of geographic information systems and digital evaluation models in watershed analysis, hydrologic modeling, and modern floodplain delineation.

A number of figures, tables, and equations help to build comprehension of interactions of hydrologic data, digital terrain models, and mapping software with hydrologic modeling. Numerous illustrative worked problems highlight theory, problem definition, solution methods, and computational approaches. In addition, the book provides detailed examples and case studies. The appendices include a list of important Web sites and hydrology-related Internet links, which are extremely handy for hydrology professionals. A free textbook Web site also is available. The end-of-chapter exercises provide good opportunities for readers to revisit the concepts and applications discussed in the text.


Gang Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida A&M University–Florida State University (Tallahassee).


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