Hydrology in Practice is an excellent and very successful introductory text for engineering hydrology students who go on to be practitioners in consultancies, the Environment Agency, and elsewhere.

This fourth edition of Hydrology in Practice, while retaining all that is excellent about its predecessor, by Elizabeth M. Shaw, replaces the material on the Flood Studies Report with an equivalent section on the methods of the Flood Estimation Handbook and its revisions. Other completely revised sections on instrumentation and modelling reflect the many changes that have occurred over recent years. The updated text has taken advantage of the extensive practical experience of the staff of JBA Consulting who use the methods described on a day-to-day basis. Topical case studies further enhance the text and the way in which students at undergraduate and MSc level can relate to it. The fourth edition will also have a wider appeal outside the UK by including new material on hydrological processes, which also relate to courses in geography and environmental science departments. In this respect the book draws on the expertise of Keith J. Beven and Nick A. Chappell, who have extensive experience of field hydrological studies in a variety of different environments, and have taught undergraduate hydrology courses for many years.

Second- and final-year undergraduate (and MSc) students of hydrology in engineering, environmental science, and geography departments across the globe, as well as professionals in environmental protection agencies and consultancies, will find this book invaluable. It is likely to be the course text for every undergraduate/MSc hydrology course in the UK and in many cases overseas too.

chapter 2|7 pages

Hydrometric networks

chapter 3|12 pages


chapter 4|16 pages


chapter 5|16 pages

Hillslope and aquifer hydraulic parameters

chapter 6|20 pages

Hillslope moisture states and flows

chapter 7|32 pages

River flow

chapter 8|22 pages

Water-quality measurement

chapter 9|40 pages

Precipitation analysis

chapter 11|45 pages

River flow analysis

chapter 12|42 pages

Catchment modelling

chapter 13|29 pages

Estimating floods and low flows in the UK

chapter 14|35 pages

Flood routing

chapter 15|26 pages


chapter 16|27 pages

Flood risk management

chapter 17|19 pages

Water resources management

chapter 18|31 pages

Urban hydrology

chapter 19|27 pages

Hydrology, climate and catchment change

chapter 20|15 pages

The future of hydrology in practice