Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-56f9d74cfd-hg4f7 Total loading time: 0.261 Render date: 2022-06-25T17:07:09.825Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "shouldUseShareProductTool": true, "shouldUseHypothesis": true, "isUnsiloEnabled": true, "useRatesEcommerce": false, "useNewApi": true }

Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 October 2009

Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe
Affiliation:
Princeton University, New Jersey
Amilcare Porporato
Affiliation:
Duke University, North Carolina
Get access

Summary

The last decade has seen a reformulation of the disciplinary basis of hydrology, which will be even more accentuated during the years ahead, with a dramatic increase of the intimate links between hydrology and the life sciences. We are convinced that the role of the hydrologic cycle throughout a wide range of temporal and spatial scales will be seen as a keystone in some of the most crucial areas related to biocomplexity, biodiversity, and the nature of the environment.

This book deals with the spatial and temporal linkages between hydrologic and ecological dynamics. It is a book on ecohydrology, which we define as the science that seeks to describe the hydrologic mechanisms that underlie ecological patterns and processes. The interplay between climate, soil, and vegetation is central to hydrology itself and it is crucially influenced by the scale at which the phenomena are studied as well as by the physiological characteristics of the vegetation, the pedology of the soil, and the type of climate. Ecohydrology is a key component of what are loosely called biogeosciences, in reference to the interrelationship among the biological, geophysical, and geochemical approaches to understand the earth system. Hydrologic phenomena play a commanding role in this field and hydrologically oriented research has much to contribute towards what surely will be one of the most exciting scientific frontiers of the first part of the twenty-first century.

As Peter S. Eagleson has eloquently said:

We need to get away from a view of hydrology as a purely physical science. Life on earth also has to be a self-evident part of the discipline. […]

Type
Chapter
Information
Ecohydrology of Water-Controlled Ecosystems
Soil Moisture and Plant Dynamics
, pp. xv - xviii
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2005

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • Preface
  • Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, Princeton University, New Jersey, Amilcare Porporato, Duke University, North Carolina
  • Book: Ecohydrology of Water-Controlled Ecosystems
  • Online publication: 14 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511535727.002
Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

  • Preface
  • Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, Princeton University, New Jersey, Amilcare Porporato, Duke University, North Carolina
  • Book: Ecohydrology of Water-Controlled Ecosystems
  • Online publication: 14 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511535727.002
Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

  • Preface
  • Ignacio Rodríguez-Iturbe, Princeton University, New Jersey, Amilcare Porporato, Duke University, North Carolina
  • Book: Ecohydrology of Water-Controlled Ecosystems
  • Online publication: 14 October 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511535727.002
Available formats
×