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You cannot be better or worse than your environment, you are the same.    
So, an environmental assessment - isn't it about self-evaluation?    

Have any doubts about that? I’ve got The Proof!

The Structural Harmony Chart of HydrosphereThe proof is the dynamic structure of the water cycle on particular spacetime graphically expressed as the Structural Harmony Chart of Hydrosphere (SHC). Under the hydrosphere, here is understood the sphere of water in all its aggregated conditions: gaseous, liquid, and solid, i.e. atmospheric and groundwater, surface, criospheric, bio- and rhizospheric waters. Similar to the water cycle itself, SHC represents an open, scale invariant system of curves characterizing the water system stability within an examined spacetime. SHC is the hydrological manifestation of the Law of Structural and Functional Stability of Systems (Soroko, 1984) and is the foundation for the environmental assessment. SHC provides the solid basis for definition of sustainable development as the one sustaining the functional stability of the water cycle within any developing spacetime.

Who is this site for?

Mostly for students and professionals it is. Not only… I strongly believe that every single person has to take care of his/her own “habitat” as an indivisible part of the globe united by water. It is conditioned by continuity and incompressibility of water, which is everywhere, always in move, always in transformation, always in balance. The sooner we understand this, the better for all of us.

This site is all about the evaluation of our own “habitat” – the environment. Sustainable development is not a professional requirement – this is the bottom line, the condition of our existence, this is the realized necessity, i.e. our further freedom from the fear of Climate and Contamination Apocalypses.

Based on my SHC features (October 2007), I can conclude: In order to be healthy and happy Everyone has to sustaine his/her “habitat” healthy and happy…

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Elasticity of hydrosphere is its ability to regulate the temperature regime of the globe without changing of structural composition of water phases on a long-term basis.

The SimpleBase Delineation Model is the tool for elasticity measurement of any parameter of hydrosphere at any point; the water balance is the tool to assess the structural composition of water phases within any hydrosphere's segment, named a watershed, which functional stability is conditioned by the Law of Structural Harmony of Systems.

From the hydrological point of view , when we are talking about sustainable development, we mean the elasticity of hydrosphere ©, we mean its elastic limits, which we do not know yet, but have already violated in different ways: we allocated a huge amount of water in a system so-called Man-Developed Water Resources ( TRCA report ) for our use. Do we know how much exactly? Do we know what happens with water and us using it if water does not go through its natural cycle, but cycles just within this “dead loop”? How different are the “personal” and global water cycles? This question may look absolutely stupid, but have you ever thought why the thunder lightening, hydrographic network and blood vessel system have identical shapes? What time and space resolutions should we use for comparison of these cycles ? How many main elements in these cycles (there are some answers about the global one on the Methodology page, section Water Balance)? When we talk about bio- and hydrosphere interraction, we are always talking about energy exchange and use. How does our nova-days power crysis relate to the climate change? How do the quantitative changes of some knowen and unknowen elements affect the quality conditions of the global water cycle, and vice versa (there is the answer here)? How long these stresses can last without causing a strain? How irreversable and irresistable may be the strain, like the hurricane Katrina or disapparence of Gulfstream? Can we do anything about that? How much time do we have to response?

My guess, if we know what to do, we can “respond” very fast. There are some key conclusions provided by the SHC’s stress-strain ratio that can already help to understand our functionality:

  1. water and vegetation surfaces minimise the stress
  2. The function of biota (including us) is to clean the mineralized soil and groundwater consuming dissolved solids (including pollutions)
  3. Thus, the larger biomass (beside us) and wider biodiversity are, the better for our well being!

Drawing of a women with a rulerWhy to monitor/observe the environment?

•  To have a useful outdoor fun and practice our knowledge

•  To know better our own “habitat” and “room-mates”

•  To learn laws of interrelations between water cycle components in order to define what is the environmental sustainability: how does the weather and water regime condition the biota life cycle?

•  To model the environmental essentials for yourself

•  To make the habitat assessment process a personal, not professional routine and necessity (like teeth brushing, daily meal, or chores)


Using the information from this site you can do everything yourself :

•  To monitor the environment yourself using very simple and cheap tools for that (see my last project “Monitoring for fun: help yourself!” )

•  To process such nonstandard and available standard hydrometrical data using the SAM ( Snow Accumulation and Melting ) Model, SimpleBase Delineation Model TM (see the publication and methodology) to estimate generic components of stream flow: try to make the model yourself in Excel or Visual Basic

process the available standard water quality and quantity data using the Separated Flow Approach (see the Separated Flow Approach and Fletcher's Creek projects) in order to assess the anthropogenic impact OR


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The model was presented at the 12th World Water Congress of IWRA - Water for Sustainable Development Towards Innovative Solutions, 22-25 November 2005, New Delhi, India: http://worldwatercongress.org
(see Detail Tentative Program, section I3 Groundwater and Hydrology).

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