“Systems Approach to Water Management” is an attempt to look at the problems on an interdisciplinary basis by using systems analysis techniques. Up until the nineteenth century it was possible for a brilliant person to know nearly all there was to know about a specific problem area. The information explosion, however, has made that condition impossible in the latter half of the twentieth century. For example, today we are faced with the impossible situation that globally there are some 35,000 journals which publish about 2,000,000 articles each year, written by about 750,000 scientists in some 50 languages. This is in addition to numerous books that are being published in many different languages all over the world. Thus, at the very early stages of planning of this book, it became quite apparent that it was extremely difficult, if not impossible, for any single person to write such a text. Hence, the most effective alternative was to assemble a distinguished group of contributors, each an international authority in his own field, to prepare comprehensive chapters in their own fields of specialization, written within a prescribed overall framework. The present book is the result of this effort.
Asit K. Biswas (Ed.), 1976, McGraw-Hill, New York, 429 pages.