Translating Diverse Environmental Data into Reliable Information - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128124468

Translating Diverse Environmental Data into Reliable Information

1st Edition

How to Coordinate Evidence from Different Sources

Authors: Daniel Vallero
Paperback ISBN: 9780128124468
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2017
Page Count: 516
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Translating Diverse Environmental Data into Reliable Information: How to Coordinate Evidence from Different Sources helps environmental scientists determine data needs, assess their quality, and efficiently manage their findings. Topics include 1) Issues specific to fully understanding interdisciplinary data, 2) Which fields are pulling in the most citizen scientists to facilitate data collection, and 3) How that impacts results. This book helps professionals and students utilize open data in environmental science.

Key Features

  • Provides tools to manage data of varying sizes and quality
  • Reexamines the way knowledge is built about environmental issues to meet the needs of modern students and professionals
  • Applies to data collected by academic, governmental and citizen scientists across environmental systems
  • Improves readers’ ability to organize and visualize their work in the age of big data


Graduate students, researchers and professionals in environmental science, environmental engineering or related fields like pollution, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry

Table of Contents


Part I: Data and the Environment

Chapter 1: Building a New Environmental Knowledgebase
Chapter 2: The Environmental Knowledge Cascade

Part II: Environmental Knowledgebases

Chapter 3: Stressors
Chapter 4: Pathways
Chapter 5: Air
Chapter 6: Water
Chapter 7: Contaminant Storage Systems

Part III: Managing Environmental Knowledge Building

Chapter 8: Environmental Models
Chapter 9: Environmental Data Analysis
Chapter 10: Data Interpretation and Presentation
Chapter 11: Examples and Case Studies


1: Physicochemical Data Sources
2: OECD’s Emission Scenario Document Method for Calculating Environmental Releases
3. Key terms and notation


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About the Author

Daniel Vallero

Dr. Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized expert in environmental science and engineering. His four decades of research, teaching and professional experience in hazardous waste engineering and management have addressed a wide range of human health risk and ecological issues, from global climate change to the release of hazardous wastes. His research has advanced the state-of-the-science of air and water pollution measurement, models of potential exposures to chemicals in consumer products, and environmental impact assessments. He established the Engineering Ethics program and is a key collaborator in the Responsible Conduct of Research Program at Duke University. These programs introduce students, from first-year through PhD, to the complex relationships between science, technology and societal demands on the engineer. The lessons learned from the cases in this book are a fundamental part of Duke’s preparation of its future engineers to address the ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered during the careers of the next generation engineers. Dr. Vallero received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science in City & Regional Planning from SIU, a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Environmental Health Sciences) from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Duke.

Affiliations and Expertise

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