Description

This unique book integrates a large number of subjects in environmental studies and provides a realistic and objective evaluation of pollution as a price we pay for a modern economy. It focuses on the scientific assessment of environmental quality by developing a framework of principles that can be applied to any environmental problem. It addresses tactical issues for managers and government workers such as remediation, environmental monitoring, risk assessment, and management. It can be used by professionals as well as undergraduate students.

Key Features

* Emphasizes conceptual understanding of environmental impact, integrating the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and mathematics * Topics cover the fate and transport of contaminants; monitoring and remediation of pollution; sources and characteristics of pollution; and risk assessment and management * Includes color photos and diagrams, chapter questions and problems, and highlighted key words

Readership

Professionals and students studying the environment, especially as it relates to pollution; also government workers and conservationists/ecologists.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Preface The Editors Contributing Authors The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) Part 1 Processes Affecting Fate and Transport of Contaminants Chapter 1 The Extent of Global Pollution 1.1 Science and Pollution 1.2 Global Perspective of the Environment 1.3 Pollution and Population Pressures 1.4 Overview of Environmental Characterization 1.5 Advances in Analytical Detection Technology 1.6 The Risk Based Approach to Pollution Science 1.7 Waste Management, Site Remediation, and Ecosystem Restoration References and Additional Reading Chapter 2 Physical-Chemical Characteristics of Soils and the Subsurface 2.1 Soil and Subsurface Environments 2.2 Solid Phase 2.3 Gaseous Phase 2.4 Liquid Phase 2.5 Basic Physical Properties Questions and Problems References and Additional Reading Chapter 3 Physical-Chemical Characteristics of Waters 3.1 The Watery Planet 3.2 Unique Properties of Water 3.3 Mechanical Properties 3.4 The Universal Solvent 3.5 Oxidation-Reduction Reactions 3.6 Light in Aquatic Environments 3.7 Oceans 3.8 Lakes and Reservoirs—The Lentic System 3.9 Streams and Rivers—The Lotic System 3.10 Groundwater—Water in the Subsurface 3.11 A Watershed Approach Questions and Problems References and Additional Reading Chapter 4 Physical-Chemical Characteristics of the Atmosphere 4.1 Chemical Composition 4.2 Physical Properties and Structure Questions and Problems References and Additional Reading Chapter 5 Biotic Characteristics of the Environment 5.1 Major Groups of Organisms 5.2 Microorganisms in

Details

No. of pages:
552
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780125515030
Electronic ISBN:
9780080494791

About the authors

Ian Pepper

Dr. Ian Pepper is currently a Professor at the University of Arizona. He is also Director of the University of Arizona, Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL) and the NSF Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center. Dr. Pepper is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the molecular ecology of the environment. His research has focused on the fate and transport of pathogens in air, water, soils and wastes. His expertise has been recognized by membership on six National Academy of Science Committees and former memberships on an EPA FIFRA Science and Advisory Panel. Dr. Pepper is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Microbiology, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. He is also a Board Certified Environmental Scientist within the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He is the author or co-author of six textbooks; 40 book chapters; and over 180 peer-review journal articles.

Charles Gerba

Dr. Charles P. Gerba is a Professor at the University of Arizona. He conducts research the transmission of pathogens through the environment. His recent research encompasses the transmission of pathogens by water, food and fomites; fate of pathogens in land applied wastes; development of new disinfectants; domestic microbiology and microbial risk assessment. He has been an author on more than 500 articles including several books in environmental microbiology and pollution science. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1998 he received the A. P. Black Award from the American Water Works Association for outstanding contributions to water science and in 1996 he received the McKee medal from the Water Environment Federation for outstanding contributions to groundwater protection. He received the 1999 Award of Excellence in Environmental Health from National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Reviews

This updated edition of Pollution Science now includes the latest on environmental influcences and impact. It integrates a large number of environmental subjects and provides a realistic evaluation of pollution as a price we pay for a modern economy. It helps students and professionals assess environmental quality with a framework of principles that can be applied to any environmental problem. It also addresses tactical issues such as remediation, environmental monitoring, risk assessment, and management.