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Compendium of forest hydrology and geomorphology in British Columbia

Editors: R.G. Pike, T.E. Redding, R.D. Moore, R.D. Winkler, and K.D. Bladon
Source: Forest Science Program / FORREX
Subject: Climate, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Water Quality, Watershed Management
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Co-published 2010 with FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources.
Hardcopy is available.


Over the last two decades, hydrologists and geomorphologists have often discussed the need to document the history, scientific discoveries, and field expertise gained in watershed management in British Columbia. Several years ago, a group of watershed scientists from FORREX, academia, government, and the private sector gathered at the University of British Columbia to discuss the idea of a provincially relevant summary of hydrology, geomorphology, and watershed management. Through this meeting, the Compendium of Forest Hydrology and Geomorphology was born.

As a synthesis document, the Compendium consolidates current scientific knowledge and operational experience into 19 chapters. To ensure reliable, relevant, and scientifically sound information, all chapters were extensively peer reviewed employing the standard double-blind protocol common to most scholarly journals. Chapters in the Compendium summarize the basic scientific information necessary to manage water resources in forested environments, explaining watershed processes and the effects of disturbances across different regions of the province. In short, the Compendium is about British Columbia and is primarily intended for a British Columbian audience, giving it a uniquely regional focus compared to other hydrology texts. At over 800 pages, the Compendium showcases the rich history of forest hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology research and practice in British Columbia and sets forth the foundation for the future by showing us how much more we have yet to learn.

Land Management Handbook 66 - Volume 1 (32167 KB)

Land Management Handbook 66 - Volume 2 (22186 KB)

Front Matter (2701 KB)
Chapter 1 Forest Hydrology in British Columbia: Context and History (1059 KB)
Chapter 2 Physiography of British Columbia (2293 KB)
Chapter 3 Weather and Climate (2888 KB)
Chapter 4 Regional Hydrology (1639 KB)
Chapter 5 Forest Practices (1779 KB)
Chapter 6 Hydrologic Processes and Watershed Response (1259 KB)
Chapter 7 The Effects of Forest Disturbance on Hydrologic Processes and Watershed Response (687 KB)
Chapter 8 Hillslope Processes (4306 KB)
Chapter 9 Forest Management Effects on Hillslope Processes (4628 KB)
Chapter 10 Channel Geomorphology: Fluvial Forms, Processes, and Forest Management Effects (3567 KB)
Chapter 11 Karst Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Management (5264 KB)
Chapter 12 Water Quality and Forest Management (1713 KB)
Chapter 13 Stream and Riparian Ecology (817 KB)
Chapter 14 Salmonids and the Hydrologic and Geomorphic Features of Their Spawning Streams in British Columbia (822 KB)
Chapter 15 Riparian Management and Effects on Function (2886 KB)
Chapter 16 Detecting and Predicting Changes in Watersheds (345 KB)
Chapter 17 Watershed Measurement Methods and Data Limitations (1464 KB)
Chapter 18 Stream, Riparian, and Watershed Restoration (6085 KB)
Chapter 19 Climate Change Effects on Watershed Processes in British Columbia (3365 KB)
Back Matter [Appendices and Index] (2798 KB)

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Updated February 7, 2011