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William G. Wilson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226364957

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226365145.001.0001

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Precipitation and Evapotranspiration

Precipitation and Evapotranspiration

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(p.15) Chapter 2 Precipitation and Evapotranspiration
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Stormwater
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William G. Wilson

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226365145.003.0002

This chapter covers the water cycle, including precipitation, evapotranspiration, and stormwater flows. It discusses how precipitation can pick up pollutants, from raindrops picking up dust and gases, to stormwater rinsing surfaces clean, to contaminated groundwater seeping into streams, and how the loss of urban vegetation greatly affects the local water cycle. It also describes the great variability in droughts and wet periods in freshwater availability, as well as the effects of climate change, which has influenced the water cycle over the last century. The chapter then emphasizes how variability in rainfall presents difficulties in solving our stormwater problems, and how the goals for dealing with stormwater flows must reflect the wide range of potential water volumes.

Keywords:   precipitation, evapotranspiration, climate change, stormwater flow, stormwater control measures

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