Watershed management has evolved and passed through several developmental stages. Realising the importance of watershed management, great efforts have been made by the government in preparing implementation strategies and the technical institutions have also introduced the subject in their curriculum at senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels of civil and agricultural engineering. Since this is a multidisciplinary subject, it finds place in environmental science and forestry curriculum as well. The book, comprising of 16 chapters, provides comprehensive coverage of the subject. Covering the concepts and principles of watershed management, the book discusses watershed characteristics, causes of watershed deterioration, soil erosion and soil–water relationship, management of natural drainages in watershed, wasteland, landslide and land drainage management, arable and non-arable land, design flow and design storm and effect of watershed on the community. Chapters on flood routing through channels and reservoirs in watershed and flood damage mitigation management in watershed add further value to the book.
About the author
Madan Mohan Das, M.S. (Cornell University, USA), Ph.D. (University of Strathclyde, UK), formerly Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Assam Engineering College, Guwahati. An Emeritus Fellow of AICTE, Director of Technical Education, Government of Assam and a Telford Premium Award 1981 winner jointly with late Emeritus Professor D.I.H. Barr of University of Strathclyde for one of their research papers by the Council of Institute Civil Engineers (ICE), London, he has more than four decades of teaching experience and three decades of research experience. Dr. Das has authored eight books, including Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachines, Open Channel Flow, Irrigation and Water Power Engineering, Hydrology, Surveying, Elements of Civil Engineering, Basic Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis (all published by PHI Learning). He has published/presented more than 62 research papers in national and international journals and conferences. His research interest includes hydrodynamics, free surface flow, irrigation, water power engineering and hydrology and other civil engineering subjects.
Mimi Das Saikia, Ph.D. IIT Guwahati, is Professor, Civil Engineering Department, Assam Down Town University, Guwahati. She also taught at Department of Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Royal School of Engineering and Technology (RSET), Guwahati and Regional Institute of Science and Technology (RIST), Meghalaya. With more than 15 years teaching and research experience, she has published more than 20 papers in various national and international journals and conferences. Her research interests include pipe friction, open channel flow, dam-break flood analysis and other areas of Civil Engineering. Dr. Das Saikia has authored/coauthored six books, including Irrigation and Water Power Engineering, Hydrology, Surveying, Elements of Civil Engineering, Basic Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis (all published by PHI Learning).
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