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Water Resources Systems Planning and Management - An Introduction to Methods, Models and Applications

‘The book offers a vivid look at the issue of water resources planning and management. The diversity of the subjects considered makes the book a real fortune for graduate students and water engineers. The uniqueness of the book is not merely because Pete Loucks is one of the authors, but because the book takes you through the different aspects of water resources planning and management in a simplified but informative and inclusive way. The overview chapter of the book serves as a smooth entry through a nice introduction that furnishes a descriptive definition of the subject. As you advance through the book, more technicalities are provided. The modelling and optimization chapters are the core of the management of water resources and verily were well presented. Understanding the concepts of probability, uncertainty, and sensitivity analysis are inevitable to properly work out relevant practical problems and these concepts were nicely elucidated. Since the outcome of the management of water resources is decision analysis and making, the concept of the multi-criteria decision analysis is well demonstrated and the book conveys this perception conveniently. The book is packed with realistic examples that cover the different aspects of water resources both the quantity and quality areas. I would like to congratulate my friend D. P. Loucks and his colleague E. Van Beek for this terrific book which is a great enhancement to the field of water resources planning and management. The book is an effectual and useful teaching tool and is simply a wealth of ideas, insights, theories, methods, procedures, techniques, concepts, and practices. The readers of all relevant fields on this area should find the book very helpful.’

Mohammad N. Almasri, Professor, Water and Environmental Studies Institute, An-Najah National University, Nablus

‘I have used the early versions of the book in my graduate course on this subject for the past two years. I am very pleased with the book as it is a needed update to the 1981 book by Loucks et al., which is considered the classic in the field.  Moreover, this new book goes well beyond the old one in providing readers with extensive interpretation of important systems analysis results in the context of numerous real world examples. Furthermore, there is ample treatment of physical, chemical and biological systems in the text and appendices to make it applicable to systems applications in a wide range of water management areas. The book has been well received by my students and they have consistently remarked on its breadth and it's well known depth.’

Deane c. McKinney, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

‘For years the standard text on Water Resources Systems was the 1981 book by Professor Loucks and his colleagues at Cornell University. Despite its age, that book remained the best book in the field and I used it in my courses at Harvard University from 1982 until 2003. For years I had been urging Prof Loucks to revise and bring his book up to date—this new book does more than that in every way. When I was privileged to be allowed to see, and use, the drafts of Loucks’ new book I immediately switched my course readings to follow the new book. I find that the book is a quantum leap above the earlier book, and all other books in the field.  It is absolutely up to date, more comprehensive, better organized than all of them. It really is a book that can literally teach itself with careful explanations of the economic, statistical, planning, and engineering theories, enlightened by modern computer applications for the homework and a presentation that allows neophytes and experienced engineers to both profit from reading the book. I think that it will be the standard text for the next 20 years. It is a major tour de force and should be on the bookshelf of every person interested in the rational planning, management, and development of water in all of its manifestations.’

Gordon McKay, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Harvard University.








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