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New title for Environmental Engineering

 Title: Governing uncertainty : environmental regulation in the age of nanotechnology
 Editor: Chistopher J. Boss
 Call number: T174.7.G721
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Summary:
This is the first volume to engage scholarly perspectives on environmental regulation in light of the challenges posed by emerging nanotechnologies. Contributors focus on the overarching lessons of decades of regulatory response, while posing a fundamental core question: How can government regulatory systems satisfy the desire for scientific innovation while also taking into account the direct and indirect effects of 21st emerging technologies, particularly in the face of scientific uncertainties? With perspectives from economics, history, philosophy, and public policy, this new resource illuminates the various challenges inherent in the development of nanotechnology and works towards a reorganization of government regulatory approaches. [Publishers info]

New title for Environmental Engineering

 Title: Mapping the deep : the extraordinary story of ocean science
 Author: Robert Kunzig
 Call number: GC21.K96
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Summary:
A vivid, up-to-date tour of the Earth’s last frontier, a remote and mysterious realm that nonetheless lies close to the heart of even the most land-locked reader. The sea covers seven-tenths of the Earth, but we have mapped only a small percentage of it. The sea contains millions of species of animals and plants, but we have identified only a few thousand of them. The sea controls our planet’s climate, but we do not really understand how. The sea is still the frontier, and yet it seems so familiar that we sometimes forget how little we know about it. Just as we are poised on the verge of exploiting the sea on an unprecedented scale-mining it, fertilizing it, fishing it out-this book reminds us of how much we have yet to learn. More than that, it chronicles the knowledge explosion that has transformed our view of the sea in just the past few decades, and made it a far more interesting and accessible place. From the Big Bang to that far-off future time, two billion years from now, when our planet will be a waterless rock; from the lush crowds of life at seafloor hot springs to the invisible, jewel-like plants that float at the sea surface; from the restless shifting of the tectonic plates to the majestic sweep of the ocean currents, Kunzig’s clear and lyrical prose transports us to the ends of the Earth. [Publishers info]

New title for Environmental Engineering

Title: Uncertainty analysis in rainfall-runoff modelling : application of machine learning techniques.
Author: Durga Lal Shrestha.
Call number: GB980.S561
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Summary:
This book describes the use of machine learning techniques to build predictive models of uncertainty with application to hydrological models, focusing mainly on the development and testing of two different models. The first focuses on parameter uncertainty analysis by emulating the results of Monte Carlo simulation of hydrological models using efficient machine learning techniques. The second method aims at modelling uncertainty by building an ensemble of specialized machine learning models on the basis of past hydrological model’s performance. The book then demonstrates the capacity of machine learning techniques for building accurate and efficient predictive models of uncertainty. [Publishers info]

New title for Environmental Engineering

Title: Nonlinear ocean waves and the inverse scattering transform 1 ed
Author: Alfred R. Osborne
Call number: GC211.2.S81
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Summary:
Nonlinear Ocean Waves and the Inverse Scattering Transform presents the development of the nonlinear Fourier analysis of measured space and time series, which can be found in a wide variety of physical settings including surface water waves, internal waves, and equatorial Rossby waves. This revolutionary development will allow hyperfast numerical modelling of nonlinear waves, greatly advancing our understanding of oceanic surface and internal waves. Nonlinear Fourier analysis is based upon a generalization of linear Fourier analysis referred to as the inverse scattering transform, the fundamental building block of which is a generalized Fourier series called the Riemann theta function. Elucidating the art and science of implementing these functions in the context of physical and time series analysis is the goal of this book. [Publishers info]

New title for Environmental Engineering

 Title: Urban and highway stormwater pollution : concepts and engineering
 Authors: Thorkild Hvitved-Jacobsen, Jes Vollertsen, Asbjørn Haaning Nielsen
 Call number: TD657.H989
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Summary:
Urban and Highway Stormwater Pollution: Concepts and Engineering offers current and future engineers, planners, designers, and operators a comprehensive text on wet weather pollution originating from urban drainage and road runoff. Bringing together the empirical and theoretical approaches needed to mitigate the problem, this volume:
• Provides a basic understanding of sources, pathways, and impacts of pollutants associated with wet weather hydrologic cycles occurring in areas with impervious or semi-impervious surfaces
• Examines wet weather pollutant discharges into streams, lakes, and coastal waters, as well as soil systems
• Details tools to quantify physical, chemical, and biological characteristics associated with wet weather pollution and methodologies for pollution abatement, control, and monitoring runoff
• Offers general methodologies and site-specific approaches to deal with stormwater runoff, road runoff, and sewer overflows [Publishers info]