Part 2 Decision Making, is a bouquet of techniques organized in 4 chapters. After discussing optimization and simulation, the techniques of economic analysis are covered. Recently, environmental and social aspects, and rehabilitation and resettlement of project-affected people have come to occupy a central stage in water resources management and any good book is incomplete unless these topics are adequately covered. The concept of rational decision making along with risk, reliability, and uncertainty aspects form subject matter of a chapter. With these analytical tools, the practitioner is well equipped to take a rational decision for water resources utilization.
Part 3 deals with Water Resources Planning and Development. This part discusses the concepts of planning, the planning process, integrated planning, public involvement, and reservoir sizing.
The last part focuses on Systems Operation and Management. After a resource is developed, it is essential to manage it in the best possible way. Many dams around the world are losing some storage capacity every year due to sedimentation and therefore, the assessment and management of reservoir sedimentation is described in details. No analysis of water resources systems is complete without consideration of water quality. A river basin is the natural unit in which water occurs. The final chapter discusses various issues related to holistic management of a river basin.
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Sharad Jain is the Director General of the National Water Development Agency in New Delhi. He has both R & D and teaching experience of more than 35 years in the field of hydrology and water resources. His research interests include Hydrology; Water Resources Planning and Management; Advanced Tools such as Artificial Neural Networks; and Remote Sensing and Decision Support Systems. He developed a software package for Reservoir Analysis and worked with International and Indian Standards. Jain has organized about 35 short-term courses on International Water, Environment, Energy, and Society (WEES-2009) and developed a web-based course on "Hydrologic measurement and analysis of data for NPTEL (E-learning program of IITs) and is a Consultant to Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna) under their IWAVE program. administrative duties. , NWDA contribute towards the use of water for the benefit of society.
V.P. Singh is a Professor of Water Engineering at Texas A and M University. Over his career he has won numerous awards including the Engineering Medal of Achievement (University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, 2017) and the Ven Te Chow lecture and Award (International Water Resources Association, 2017). He has published numerous books and journal articles and his research focuses on surface-water Hydrology, Groundwater Hydrology, Hydraulics, Irrigation Engineering, Environmental Quality and Water Resources. Principal research topics have encompassed: 1. Watershed modeling, 2. Erosion and Sediment Transport in Upland Watersheds, 3. Streamflow Forecasting, 4. Dam Break Analysis, 5. Entropy-Based Modeling, 6. Network Design, 7. Groundwater Modeling, and 8. Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change.