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Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Stefan Fränzle, Bernd Markert, Simone Wünschmann

ISBN: 978-3-527-65950-0 January 2012 433 Pages


Building on the first principles of environmental chemistry, engineering, and ecology, this volume fills the need for an advanced textbook introducing the modern, integrated environmental management approach, with a view towards long-term sustainability and within the framework of international regulations.
As such, it presents the classic technologies alongside innovative ones that are just now coming into widespread use, such as photochemical technologies and carbon dioxide sequestration. Numerous case studies from the fields of air, water and soil engineering describe real-life solutions to problems in pollution prevention and remediation, as an aid to practicing professional skills.
With its tabulated data, comprehensive list of further reading, and a glossary of terms, this book doubles as a reference for environmental engineers and consultants.
Definition of environmental engineering
History and development of environmental engineering
From environmental chemistry and technology to environmental engineering: Understanding and diversify anthropogenic environmental influences
How to determine environmental pollution
The Biological System of the Elements (BSE)
Information and communication
Ethical aspects

The three environmental compartments and their mutual interactions: lessons for environmental situation analysis and technologies to be learned from copmarative planetology
Properties of Earth's environmental compartments and options to clean them depending on it
A comparison among environmental compartments: phase composition, miscibility towards key reactants and contaminants, transparency and biological activity

Criteria for innovation
Examples of innovative environmental technologies

Atmosphere: Biondication and biomonitoring are innovative means for monitoring and controlling environmental situations: the case of atmospheric emission surveillance
Atmosphere: CO2 reduction
Soils and sediments: Phytoremediation by use of organisms
Soils and sediments: Ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) - its chemical properties, persistence, ecological hazards and methods of removal
Water: Reactive walls
Water: Pharmaceuticals in the environment - special emphasis to Diclofenac (Voltaren) - an analgetic agent with difficult and interesting properties
Energy: The need for Renewable Energy


“As the book has an integrated approach dealt with both the elementary and fairly advanced aspect of  environmental science and technology, it can be taken as reference material for researchers and consultants working in the area. For further reading, important and useful references are also included in the end.”  (Environ Sci Pollut Res, 29 November 2013)

“In conclusion, many readers of the Journal of Soils and Sediments can find interesting topics in this book, which deals with soils and sediments and with their interactions with water and atmosphere. Teachers can find here interesting materials in support of lectures, and additional references. Operators in the field can be intrigued by some non-orthodox points of view on environmental technologies proposed by the authors.”  (Journal Soils Sediments, 1 May 2013)

“Recommended.  Researchers/faculty and professionals.”  (Choice, 1 September 2012)