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In recent years, water resource issues concerning quality, quantity, and timing have been dominating natural resource management discussions around the world. Forest hydrology has historically been an important topic in forest management leading to some of the earliest forest research conducted in the United States. While there are a few textbooks on forest hydrology, there has always been a dilemma in what to include in such books. The hydrologic cycle may be briefly covered in ecology courses. However, without a significant introduction to water resources, most forestry and nonforestry students who enroll in a forest hydrology course do not have sufficient background in water resources to really understand the effect forests have on water quality, quantity and timing. A textbook for most forest hydrology courses should not only cover topics on forest impacts on water but also provide the basics of water properties, movement, and storage in the atmosphere, soil matrix, and surface water bodies. Putting both major topic areas in one manageable textbook requires trade-offs that do not dilute either subject area too much, but rather skillfully blend the two together. Mingteh Chang has done just that in writing this book.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor of Forest Hydrology and EcologyDepartment of Natural Resource and Ecology, Iowa State University, 253 Bessey Hall, Ames, IA, 50011, Phone: (515) 294-7602 2: Post-Doctoral Research Associate School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 5988 Hwy 90, Bldg. 4900, Milton, FL, 32583, Phone: (850) 983-5216

Publication date: 2003-04-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
    Other SAF Publications
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