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Forest hydrology: processes, management and assessment.

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This new book with 17 chapters is unique and different from the previous forest hydrology books in that world-renowned international professors, scientists, engineers, managers and researchers with a long background and expertise in forest hydrology, management and applications have authored/contributed individual chapters focused on almost all aspects of forest hydrology. Chapters 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, ...


Chapter 4 (Page no: 51)

Forest hydrology of mountainous and snow-dominated watersheds.

This chapter focuses mainly on the hydrological processes observed in the mountainous and subalpine temperate coniferous forests in the Western part of North America, in which it broadly include the states of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, northern California, Montana- west of the Continental Divide, in the USA, and the southern British Columbia province in Canada. The chapter establishes that mountainous and snow-dominated forests are major sources of water on every continent. Snow accumulation and melt rates are big drivers of the hydrological processes. Temperature, radiation, and the interaction between rain and snow are major factors in generating runoff. Surface and subsurface flow processes route water from saturated hillsides to deeper groundwater storage or directly to streams, resulting in hydrographs with long duration and low peak flow. Flooding is associated with high rainfall and snowmelt rates, and rain on snow events occurring when soils are saturated. Future climates will likely generate a greater impact on floods from rainfall events and less snow accumulation.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) An introduction to forest hydrology. Author(s): Bren, L.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Forest runoff processes. Author(s): Williams, T. M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 32) Forest evapotranspiration: measurement and modelling at multiple scales. Author(s): Sun, G. Domec, J. C. Amatya, D. M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 69) European perspectives on forest hydrology. Author(s): Jong, C. de
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 88) Tropical forest hydrology. Author(s): Kumagai, T. Kanamori, H. Chappell, N. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 103) Hydrology of flooded and wetland forests. Author(s): Williams, T. M. Krauss, K. W. Okruszko, T.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 124) Forest drainage. Author(s): Skaggs, R. W. Tian, S. Chescheir, G. M. Amatya, D. M. Youssef, M. A.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 141) Hydrological modelling in forested systems. Author(s): Golden, H. E. Evenson, G. R. Tian, S. Amatya, D. M. Sun, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 162) Geospatial technology applications in forest hydrology. Author(s): Panda, S. S. Masson, E. Sen, S. Kim, H. W. Amatya, D. M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 180) Forest cover changes and hydrology in large watersheds. Author(s): Wei, X. Li, Q. Zhang, M. Liu, W. Fan, H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 192) Hydrological effects of forest management. Author(s): Stednick, J. D. Troendle, C. A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 204) Hydrology of forests after wildfire. Author(s): Robichaud, P. R.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 219) Hydrological processes of reference watersheds in experimental forests, USA. Author(s): Amatya, D. M. Campbell, J. Wohlgemuth, P. Elder, K. Sebestyen, S. Johnson, S. Keppeler, E. Adams, M. B. Caldwell, P. Misra, D.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 240) Applications of forest hydrological science to watershed management in the 21st century. Author(s): Vose, J. M. Martin, K. L. Barten, P. K.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 254) Hydrology of taiga forests in high northern latitudes. Author(s): Onuchin, A. Burenina, T. Shvidenko, A. Guggenberger, G. Musokhranova, A.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 270) Future directions in forest hydrology. Author(s): Williams, T. M. Amatya, D. M. Bren, L. Jong, C. de Nettles, J. E.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780646602
  • Record Number
  • 20163299400