Dr Vincent Kotwicki
A Life's Work
Water is written by Dr Vincent Kotwicki, senior research scientist and author, amongst other titles, of Floods of Lake Eyre, the most comprehensive study of Australia’s Lake Eyre ever published.
Dr Kotwicki has served two terms as associate editor of the renowned Hydrological Sciences Journal and has also written for The World Hydrological Journal and spoken at countless climate change conferences.
The idea for Water was conceived over 25 years ago and represents the culmination of a lifetime’s research on the subject matter by one of the world’s foremost experts on it.
Floods of Lake Eyre
LAKE EYRE, an immense salt lake which drains an area equal to that of France, Spain and Portugal, is without doubt one of the great natural wonders of the world. Not so long ago it was considered to be permanently dry, but the last fifty years have witnessed over twenty flood events, with the most spectacular fillings occurring in 1950, 1974 and 1984. When rivers come down in flood, the transformation of the desert is miraculous. As the old saying goes, the heart of Australia beats: the lake and its surroundings become alive, creating a vision of ever-changing colours and patterns that defies description.
FLOODS OF LAKE EYRE is an illuminating study of this outstanding natural phenomenon. In a well-researched and informative text, author Vincent Kotwicki describes the origin, occurrence and behaviour of water in Lake Eyre and its environment, and gives a first estimate of inflows to the lake in the period 1885-1984. His words are complemented by aerial and satellite photographs, informative maps and graphs, and above all by a selection of magnificent colour photographs taken by well-known outback photographer Bob Mossel, who has captured on film various facets of this area since 1957.
THIS BOOK is the most comprehensive study of the hydrology of Lake Eyre yet written; and it is also a work to kindle the imagination and to raise awareness. Finally, it poses the challenging question: what does the future hold for this extraordinary natural feature of Australia?
Author: Vincent Kotwicki
Publisher: Engineering and Water Supply Dept.
Place of Publication: Australia
"... a remarkable effort to explain hydrology to the general public."
W.H. van der Molen
Journal of Hydrology
"it is likely that the presentation will provide readers with a better understanding of what hydrology is all about than any other government text in Australia."
"I am very impressed by your book Floods of Lake Eyre which has shown to me a new and fascinating world".
Prof M.R. Llamas
President, International Association of Hydrogeologists
"The book is an excellent presentation of technical material in a way suitable for both a lay and a technical audience. It is rare to find a book that serves the two purposes as well."
Prof. E.M. Laurenson
"what a remarkable story Kotwicki has to tell about Lake Eyre and what strikingly beautiful photographs he has included in his book! I have read it with tremendous interest."
R.M. Hillman, Chairman
Water Authority of WA
"It is very impressive in terms of general interest to the public and as a wealth of scientific information. All concerned with the book are to be congratulated."
Prof. D.H. Pilgrim
The University of NSW
"Mr Vincent Kotwicki has done a superb job and I am sure you are justifiably proud of this splendid publication. Congratulation on publishing it. You demonstrate that technology and culture are not at odds."
D.J. Dole, Director, Technical Services
Rural Water Commission of Victoria
"...the most interesting and attractive book on Lake Eyre."
R.G. Thomas, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
"The book is fascinating in every detail..."
Prof J.E. Mueller
New Mexico State University
An excellent technical reference that is attractively illustrated and easily read by the non technical. This book is a primary reference for would be navigators of the Lake. A must get!
Lake Eyre Yacht Club
Now, if you want to be an authority on Lake Eyre you have only to buy one book. Floods of Lake Eyre is technical yet easily understood and it is beautiful as well (...)
Exploring Lake Eyre.