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Hydrology and international Environmental switch provides the hydrological contribution to, and effects of, international environmental swap. Assuming very little earlier wisdom at the a part of the reader, the publication appears on the major tactics of worldwide environmental switch - international scale methods, huge local procedures, repetitive procedures - and the way the hydrological cycle, strategies and regimes influence on GEC and vice-versa.

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Browning & Hill (1981) calculated the mean orographic enhancement of precipitation over England and Wales, over several days with different directions of weather systems. They 26 Components of the water balance showed that the effects varied with the direction of the air mass, with the greatest effects caused by upland areas perpendicular to the direction of the air mass. Orographic effects enhanced precipitation in an event by between 2 and 4 mm h"1 in upland Wales, and even by up to 2 mm h_1 over the South Downs in southern England (only around 150 m above sea level).

Challenged this perception, noting that moisture added to the atmosphere by evaporation may travel large dis­ tances before being precipitated. They estimated that in fact only around 10% of the precipitation falling in the Mississippi basin came from within the catchment, and that the remaining 90% came from elsewhere. Budyko (1974) calculated that only 10% of the precipitation in the European part of the former Soviet Union was of local origin, ranging from 4% in October to 18% in May. On the other hand, some land regions can be significant sources of moisture in some seasons (Starr & Piexoto, 1958; Chapter 8).

Continued) 36 Components of the water balance (continued) Stemflow is rather easier to measure, using a collar to collect water running down the trunk. The seal must be tight, but a bigger concern is over the extrapolation of results from the sample trees to an area of forest. Aboal et al. (1999b) compared three methods - scaling up based on the projected crown area, scaling up based on the area of the trunk, and the use of empirical relationships between gross precipitation falling on the tree and stemflow - finding in their study laurel forest in the Canary Islands that extrapolation on the basis of trunk area gave the best estimates.

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