Water Interactions with Energy, Environment, Food and Agriculture is a component of Encyclopedia of Water Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias.
The theme discusses water's importance to energy generation, the environment, food, and agriculture. It begins with an analysis of the interrelations between water and the environment. Consideration is given to the relationship between water and human health. Water's dynamic role in the food production process; Ecosystem Character; Water Quality and Environment; Climate Change and Water Resources; Water Resources For Agricultural and Food Production; Water Balance in Agriculture Areas; Water Contamination from Rural Production Systems; Water Interactions with Human Development ;Economic Development; and Cultural Development are considered.
These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, Managers, and Decision makers and NGOs
Maria Donoso. Prof. Maria Concepcion Donoso is Director, Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), with headquarters in the Republic of Panama. Her research and professional interests are in air/sea/ land interaction processes, and in climate change impacts on the natural environment (especially water resources) and society. She is actively involved in many relevant activities in the Americas. Recently, she served as the Co-ordinator of the Regional Consultation of the Caribbean and Central America Vision on Water, Life, and the Environment for the Twenty-First Century, and as a member of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Overall Performance International Team of Experts. Presently, she is a member of the Inter-American Water Resources Network Executive Council, and serves in the Central America Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership. Among her most recent relevant publications are Tropical Intraseasonal and Longer-period Variability of Precipitation in the Isthmus of Panama (American Institute of Hydrology, 2001: co-author Dr K. Leaman), and The Panama Canal: impacts and responses to the 1997-98 El Niño event (United Nations University, 2001: published in collaboration with C. Vargas, K. Leaman and M. Nakayama)