This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  

Integrated Basin Management

Integrated basin management

The process of managing water resources within a drainage basin or watershed in a way which optimizes water use throughout the basin and minimizes deleterious effects for water, river channels and land use. Management methods were often developed separately as necessary for water supply, flood control, water quality control, and water as a power source, concentrating on the solution of a single problem. Such an approach, undertaken with little consideration of the effects that the ‘solution’ would have upstream or downstream of the project and elsewhere in the basin, was succeeded by an integrated approach, intended to consider all known uses and feedbacks together, described by a range of terms including river basin management, integrated river basin planning, and total catchment ...

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