The Dilemma of Boundaries

Toward a New Concept of Catchment

  • Makoto Taniguchi
  • Takayuki Shiraiwa

Part of the Global Environmental Studies book series (GENVST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Makoto Taniguchi, Takayuki Shiraiwa
      Pages 3-8
  3. Ignored Linkage Between Surface and Subsurface Environments

  4. Transboundary Linkage of Land and Ocean

  5. Impacts of Human-Made Boundaries

  6. Challenge for New Management Beyond the Boundaries

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Takeo Onishi, Makoto Taniguchi, Takayuki Shiraiwa, Takahiro Endo, Yasunori Hanamatsu
      Pages 249-256
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 257-275

About this book


Water circulates continuously and seamlessly on Earth with little regard for the boundaries we draw. There are natural boundaries as between land and ocean and surface and subsurface environments, as well as human or demographic boundaries between nations, cultures, and religions. Although considered necessary by societies, these human-created boundaries disrupt natural water circulation, leading to serious water-related environmental problems. The dilemma of how to manage water beyond our boundaries remains, and nations have different ways and means of controlling each form of water, whether as vapor, surface water, groundwater, or seawater. Recent findings on the interaction of water from land, oceans, and the atmosphere encourage researchers to undertake collaborative work that goes beyond the boundaries of each discipline, be it oceanography, surface and subsurface hydrology, climatology, or glaciology. Drawing on all these fields, the book focuses on two major boundaries: that between surface water and ground water, and that between terrestrial water and ocean water. This comprehensive work is of great value to experts in academia, international organizations, consulting firms, water resources, fisheries, and urban development planning agencies.


Human--nature interactions biogeochemistry boundaries land-ocean interactions surface-subsurface interacttions

Editors and affiliations

  • Makoto Taniguchi
    • 1
  • Takayuki Shiraiwa
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and NatuKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Hokkaido UniversityInstitute of Low Temperature ScienceSapporoJapan

Bibliographic information