Environmental Systems Science

Environmental Systems Science

Theory and Practical Applications

1st Edition - May 26, 2021

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  • Author: Daniel Vallero
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128219539
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128219447

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Environmental Systems Science: Theory and Practical Applications looks at pollution and environmental quality from a systems perspective. Credible human and ecological risk estimation and prediction methods are described, including life cycle assessment, feasibility studies, pollution control decision tools, and approaches to determine adverse outcome pathways, fate and transport, sampling and analysis, and cost-effectiveness. The book brings translational science to environmental quality, applying groundbreaking methodologies like informatics, data mining, and applications of secondary data systems. Multiple human and ecological variables are introduced and integrated to support calculations that aid environmental and public health decision making. The book bridges the perspectives of scientists, engineers, and other professionals working in numerous environmental and public health fields addressing problems like toxic substances, deforestation, climate change, and loss of biological diversity, recommending sustainable solutions to these and other seemingly intractable environmental problems. The causal agents discussed include physical, chemical, and biological agents, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus), and other emerging contaminants.

Key Features

  • Provides an optimistic and interdisciplinary approach, underpinned by scientific first principles and theory to evaluate pollutant sources and sinks, applying biochemodynamic methods, measurements and models
  • Deconstructs prior initiatives in environmental assessment and management using an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate what has worked and why
  • Lays out a holistic understanding of the real impact of human activities on the current state of pollution, linking the physical sciences and engineering with socioeconomic, cultural perspectives, and environmental justice
  • Takes a life cycle view of human and ecological systems, from the molecular to the planetary scale, integrating theories and tools from various disciplines to assess the current and projected states of environmental quality
  • Explains the elements of risk, reliability and resilience of built and natural systems, including discussions of toxicology, sustainability, and human-pollutant interactions based on spatial, biological, and human activity information, i.e. the exposome


Researchers and professionals working on air quality or climate change in the atmospheric sciences, engineering, chemistry, environmental sciences and data science. Researchers, professionals and interested readers from numerous other fields, especially biomedicine, urban planning, architecture, construction, pharmaceuticals and consumer product manufacturers and users

Table of Contents

  • 1. Systems Science
    2. The Importance of Scale
    3. Transitional and Translational Sciences
    4. Dynamics
    5. Tools - critical path analysis, root cause analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, PERT, GANTT
    6. Equilibrium
    7. Clean Air Economics
    8. Cases
    9. Sustainability vs Risk Analysis
    10. Land Use Planning
    11. Future Opportunities and Problems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 704
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 26, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128219539
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128219447

About the Author

Daniel Vallero

Daniel Vallero
Dr. Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized author and expert in environmental science and engineering. He has devoted decades to conducting research, teaching, and mentoring future scientists and engineers. He is currently developing tools and models to predict potential exposures to chemicals in consumer products.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

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