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Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Engineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128048306, 9780128051450

Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Engineering

1st Edition

Understanding Soil, Water, and Pollutant Interaction and Transport

Authors: Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed Evan Paleologos
eBook ISBN: 9780128051450
Paperback ISBN: 9780128048306
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 31st October 2017
Page Count: 708
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Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Engineering: Understanding Soil, Water, and Pollutant Interaction and Transport examines soil-water-pollutant interaction, including physico-chemical processes that occur when soil is exposed to various contaminants. Soil characteristics relevant to remedial techniques are explored, providing foundations for the correct process selection. Built upon the authors' extensive experience in research and practice, the book updates and expands the content to include current processes and pollutants. The book discusses propagation of soil pollution and soil characteristics relevant to remedial techniques. Practicing geotechnical and environmental engineers can apply the theory and case studies in the book directly to current projects.

The book first discusses the stages of economic development and their connections to the sustainability of the environment. Subsequent chapters cover waste and its management, soil systems, soil-water and soil-pollutant interactions, subsurface transport of pollutants, role of groundwater, nano-, micro- and biologic pollutants, soil characteristics that impact pollution diffusion, and potential remediation processes like mechanical, electric, magnetic, hydraulic and dielectric permittivity of soils.

Key Features

  • Presents a clear understanding of the propagation of pollutants in soils
  • Identifies the physico-chemical processes in soils
  • Covers emerging pollutants (nano-, micro- and biologic contaminants)
  • Features in-depth coverage of hydraulic, electrical, magnetic and dielectric permittivity characteristics of soils and their impact on remedial technologies


Geotechnical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineers both in Academia and Industry. Graduate students

Table of Contents

1. Geoenvironmental Engineering in a Global Environment
2. Sources and Characteristics of Waste
3. Management of Wastes: An International Prospective
4. The Soil System
5. Groundwater
6. Soil-Water Interaction
7. Soil and Contaminant Interaction
8. Fate and Effects of Pollutants on the Land Environment
9. Subsurface Contaminant Transport
10. Emerging Pollutants: Fate, Pathways, and Bioavailability
11. Stability and Safety of Engineered Barrier Systems for Waste Containment
12. Radioactive Waste Disposal: Hosting Environment, Engineered Barriers, and Challenges
13. Hydraulic Properties of Soils
14. Electrocal Properties of Soils
15. Magnetic Properties of Soils
16. Dielectric Permittivity and Moisture Content
17. Advances in the Determination of Soil Moisture Content


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About the Authors

Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed

A.M.O. Mohamed is currently employed by Zayed University as associate provost and chief academic officer. He earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Canada. He was then employed by McGill University as the associate director of the Geotechnical Research Centre and as lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He has also held many senior positions in the United Arab Emirates, including United Arab Emirates University (Deputy Assistant Provost for Research, Research Director, Director of Research Support and Services Unit, and Professor of Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering) and Abu Dhabi University (Dean of College of Research and Graduate Studies). Over the years, he was granted 10 patents, filed/published 8 patents; authored and coauthored 7 books; edited 11 books—published by Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Balkema, A.A. and J. Ross Publishing. In addition, he has also published more than 250 papers in refereed journals and international refereed conference proceedings. Furthermore, he has been the recipient of several university and nationwide research accolades. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Developments in Arid Regions Research Series Published by Taylor & Francis; editorial board member of Journal of Environmental Geotechnics, Institute of Civil Engineering; executive board member of Arab Healthy Water Association, and of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics; editorial board member, International Journal of Recent Patents on Engineering; and the former editorin- chief of the Emirates Journal for Engineering Research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Evan Paleologos

Dr. Evan K. Paleologos is Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, and Director of the Center in Sustainable Built Environment at Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates. He received his PhD from the department of Hydrology and Water Resources, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Az, USA. His expertise is in the flow of water and the transport of contaminants in porous media. He is the author of two books on environmental risk analysis by McGraw-Hill and the Geological Society of America, and of over ninety journal and refereed proceedings papers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in USA, while at the University of South Carolina, which include the “Researchers of Carolina” and the “Initializer” awards for founding the USC Center for Water Research and Policy. Subsequently in Greece, as faculty at the Technical University of Crete, Science Advisor to the Minister of Environment, and Deputy Chairman of the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Co. In the UAE he has received the “2014-15 Ambassador,” the “2015-16 Distinguished Faculty,” and the “2016-17 Research” university-wide awards. He is Associate Editor of the Springer journal Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering, Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates


"The narrative of this timely comprehensive text uses simple language and illustrations to expand the scientific knowledge and understanding of geoenvironmental engineering for the reader. New tools are provided to handle the accelerated release of new geoenvironmental data as it becomes available to the scientific community.

The intended wide ranging audience of this ambitious book includes experienced professionals, embracing practicing geotechnical and environmental engineers, graduate students and scientists from outside the geoenvironmental field. It confronts the multiple complex processes associated with today’s environmental problems. The text traces the current theories of geoenvironmental engineering, supporting them with extensive references to the contemporary literature. The text lists case studies and the tools involved which will aid the mature scientist and novitiate to navigate the rapidly developing field. The authors’ major goals are for the readers to remove the traditional boundaries between the related science and engineering disciplines. This book will expand the knowledge base and the professional practice of scientists and engineers working in the environmental field. This book is a great addition to our understanding of geoenvironmental engineering." --Dr. Christopher Kendall, University of South Carolina

"This monograph provides a comprehensive and thoughtful overview of environmental processes involved in the interactions between water and soil, and their contamination. It is a valuable resource for both professionals and graduate students working in the geotechnical, hydrologic, geochemical, modeling, and environmental fields. The scope and depth of this book are remarkable, with each chapter pointing to future research directions." --Dr. Daniel Tartakovsky, Stanford University

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