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The roots of environmental engineering reach back to the beginning of civilization. Providing clean water and managing wastes became necessary whenever people congregated in organized settlements. [1] The field is broad and the science on which it is founded includes, in nearly equal measures, all of the traditional scientific disciplines including chemistry, geology, physics, and biology. Similarly, the technology to which an environmental engineer might be expected to understand and apply is equally broad. The problems that an environmental engineer might face may require him or her to simultaneously exhibit the knowledge and experience expected of a chemical engineer, a civil or sanitary engineer, and a mechanical engineer. [2] Additionally, engineers are more frequently obtaining specialized training in environmental regulations as well as the environmental ethics shaping national environmental policy.

Take a look at some interesting information about Environmental Engineering:

  1. What is Green Engineering
  2. Planet Water: Complexity and Organization in Earth Systems


Course structure

The Environmental Engineering programme in NTU includes fundamental courses such as fluid mechanics, hydrology, environmental chemistry, environmental processes, environmental microbiology, water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, solid waste engineering, geo-environmental engineering, hydraulics and basic structural design. The fundamental subjects are:

  1. Environmental Chemistry
  2. Environmental Microbiology
  3. Hydrology
  4. Water Supply Engineering
  5. Wastewater Engineering
  6. Solid Waste Management
  7. Geo-Environmental Engineering
  8. Air Pollution Control Engineering
  9. Surface Water Quality
  10. Biotechnology Engineering in Environmental Engineering
  11. Environmental Hydraulics
  12. Integrated Environmental Management

For more information, visit the school’s website.


Literature in Environmental Engineering spans a wide range of formats including books, conference proceedings, journal articles, white papers, reviews, standards, patents, transactions, reports and datasheets.

Commercial Publishers

Major publishers are Elsevier, Springer, McGraw-Hill, Taylor and Francis, John Wiley, Pearson Prentice‐Hall, Oxford University Press, Earthscan, Nova.

Institutional Publishers

Several organizations such as International Water Association (IWA), UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and American Water Works Association (AWWA) are also important publishers in Environmental Engineering.


  1. Vesilind, P. A., Morgan, S. M., & Heine, L. G. 2010. Introduction to Environmental Engineering, 3rd ed. Stamford: Cengage Learning.
  2. Reible, D. D. 1999. Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering, Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers.

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Books provide the framework on a topic or subject within which more in-depth and exhaustive information is explained. Because of the nature of the technical print publishing process, books tend to be established sources of information; consolidating previous knowledge about the topic with newer editions including chapters highlighting subject updates.


You can either BROWSE the book collection (which is arranged in systematic classified order) in the Library or SEARCH the catalogue for a list of relevant books.

Browsing the collection

Books on Environmental Engineering are mostly located at Level 2 of Lee Wee Nam Library. Environmental Engineering literature is diverse and related literature may be found in several locations within Lee Wee Nam Library or even in other subject libraries. You may want to use the NTU Library Catalogue to confirm the location as well as the call number of the book. The major Environmental Engineering areas and their range of call numbers are shown below.

Search Terms LC Class
Hydrology. Water GB651-2998
Oceanography GC1-1581
Environmental sciences GE1-350
Environmental engineering TA170-171
Hydraulic engineering TC1-1800
Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering TD1-1066

Division of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

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Searching for books

You can find a list of books on a specific subject in Environmental Engineering by searching the Library Catalogue under the appropriate subject headings in the subject field. Improve your search results with these catalogue tips.

Selected book lists by subject

To help you get started, use the list of books from the Library catalogue on the specific topics below:
Click on the following topics to retrieve relevant books.

  1. Environmental Engineering
  2. Hydrology
  3. Oceanography
  4. Hydraulic Engineering
  5. Environmental Protection

The library does not have a particular book? Recommend it to us

Students can send us as much details about the item as possible – Title, Author/editor, Place of publication, Publisher or producer, Date of publication, ISBN, Edition and Price.

Staff can use Staff Link. Under Resource Request — Library Services —Book Recommendation.

Refer to New Title Recommendation for more details.


E-books or electronic books are the digital version of print books, designed to be read on a personal computer with internet connection or on an e-book reader. The advantage of e-books is enhanced access and, depending on the system provided, the functionality of keyword searching of chapters and contents.


Browsing by E-book Providers

The major providers of e-books in the field of Environmental Engineering are listed below. When you click on the e-book providers, you may be asked to login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. ASTM Digital Library
    Browse by Topic: Water and Environmental Technology
  2. CRCnetBASE Titles
    Browse by subjects: Environmental Science & Engineering or Water Science & Engineering
    Complete with the latest research on pollution reduction, emissions, and environmental contamination, this e-book collection provides complete access to references on methods for site assessment, remediation, and soil and water quality monitoring.
  4. Knovel
    Browse the collection by subjects: Environment & Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Energy & Development
  5. Referex
    Browse books by collection or subjects: Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Materials & Mechanical, Chemical, Petrochemical & Process and Civil & Environmental
  6. Wiley Online Library
    Browse by subject area: Earth and Environmental Science

Searching for E-books

You can also search for and access individual e-books titles using the Library catalogue.

Reference Works

Reference books are special types of books we refer to for quick and essential information. They are usually not read from cover to cover. Examples of reference books are Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopedias, Yearbooks, Abstracts, Almanacs and Manuals.


Find reference titles for Environmental Engineering using Advanced search in the library catalogue and specifying the TYPE as REFERENCE.

Some reference titles on Environmental Engineering are listed below. Click on the hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library. Direct access to electronic copies of reference titles, these are denoted [e-book], will be provided if available.

  1. Cities and water : a handbook for planning
    Call No. HT167.C581
  2. Computational hydraulics and hydrology : an illustrated dictionary [e-book]
  3. Davis’ handbook of applied hydraulics
    Call No:TC145.D261
  4. Encyclopedia of environmental analysis and remediation
    Call No: GE10.E56E V1 to V8
  5. Encyclopedia of hydrological sciences
    Call No: GB655.E56
  6. Environmental engineering dictionary and directory [e-book]
  7. Environmental impact assessment handbook : a practical guide for planners, developers and communities
    Call No. TD194.58.G7C319
  8. Handbook of advanced industrial and hazardous wastes treatment [e-book]
  9. Handbook of coastal and ocean engineering
    Call No. TC205.H236C
  10. Handbook of energy efficiency and renewable energy [e-book also available]
    Call No. TJ163.3.H236
  11. Handbook of environmental data on organic chemicals [e-book]
    Call No. TD196.O73V562 2009
  12. Handbook of environmental engineering calculations [e-book also available]
    Call No. TD145.H236
  13. Handbook of environmental protection and enforcement : principles and practice [e-book]
  14. Handbook of strategic environmental assessment
    Call No. TD194.6.H236
  15. Handbook of media for environmental microbiology [e-book also available]
    Call No. QR66.3.A881
  16. Industrial waste treatment handbook [e-book]
  17. Sustainable development handbook [e-book]
  18. Tables for the hydraulic design of pipes, sewers and channels
    Call No: TC174.T113 2006
  19. The environmental dictionary : and regulatory cross reference
    Call No: KF3775.A68K53
  20. Waste: a handbook of management
    Call No. TD897.W323S
  21. The water encyclopedia : hydrologic data and Internet resources [e-book also available]
    Call No: TC403.W324
  22. Water quality and treatment : a handbook of community water supplies 5th ed. [e-book also available]
    Call No: TC430.W324WQ 1999
  23. Yaws handbook of properties for environmental and green engineering [e-book also available] Call No: TP200.Y35

Many databases have full-featured search interfaces which allow quick and exhaustive searching for recent and previously published and journal articles, conference papers, reviews, standards and news articles.


Core databases

  1. ASCE Research Library
    The ASCE Research Library provides access to all full-text electronic articles from ASCE journals and conference proceedings. Subject coverage includes Coastal & Ocean Engineering, Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical, Energy, Computing in Civil Engineering, Materials, Management, Transportation and Water Resources. View its Database information page.
  2. Engineering Village
    This platform provides access to multiple databases for latest applied science and engineering research developments namely Compendex, Inspec and NTIS. It also provides access to CRCEngNetbase and Referex e-book package, patents produced European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). View its Database information page.
  3. Environmental Sciences and Pollution Mgmt
    Environmental Sciences and Pollution Mgmt provides summaries of the world’s technical and scientific literature on Environmental Sciences. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings, technical reports and government publications.
  4. SciVerse Scopus
    Multidisciplinary database that covers Engineering, Science, Economics and Social Sciences literature. It also provides access to citation information. Access to the most recent articles and the highly cited articles in Scopus from NTU are also available. View its Database information page.
  5. Springerlink
    The Springerlink provides access to STM journals, e-books and reference titles published by Springer. Subject collections include Chemistry and Materials Science and Earth and Environmental Science. View its Database information page.
  6. Water Resources Abstracts (WRA)
    WRA provides summaries of the world’s technical and scientific literature on water-related topics covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use and management of water resources. Abstracts are drawn from journals, books, conference proceedings and technical reports in the physical and life sciences, as well as from engineering, legal and government publications. View its Database information page.
  7. Web of Science
    It provides access to abstracts and citations drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references which include government publications and patents. View its Database information page.

Access the full list of Environmental Engineering databases.


Related databases

  1. EBSCOhost
  2. Emerald Management Xtra
    Both these databases provide information on the policy and management aspects of engineering.
    View its Database information page.
  3. Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science
    Access the lecture series in a wide range of topics ranging from Digital Circuits & Systems, Electrical Engineering, Energy & the Environment, Engineering, Engineers, Technology, & Society, Image, Video and Multimedia Processing, Power Electronics, Signal Processing, Solid State Materials and Devices, Speech and Audio Processing and Technology. View its Database information page.
  4. USPTO Patent database
    Free database which contains the full-text U.S. patents of over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to present. View its Database information page.

An academic journal is the dominant communication medium for disseminating and sharing research findings particularly in science and engineering. There are a couple of ways to look for journal articles at the library:


1. NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

If you have a specific journal in mind, always try to find the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are 4 ways to search the A-to-Z list:

  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers like Wiley, Elsevier and etc.)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can be Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Click on the database title to proceed.

2. Databases

If you do not have a specific journal in mind and just want to search on a specific subject or topic, use databases relevant to the Environmental Engineering instead.

3. Print Journals

We also have the print equivalent of some journals. Current print journals are physically located at level 2 and bound journals (i.e. older issues) are at level 5 in the Lee Wee Nam Library. You can browse the shelves to see what are available. Moreover, many older issues of journals are still not available in digital format. Therefore it is good to know how to find them. If you have a specific title in mind, find the call number and location via the library catalogue. Search using the journal title and selecting to search by JOURNAL TITLE from the drop down menu. Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the library catalogue. You can only search for the journal titles.

Journal Ranking

Core Journals in ISI JCR Report 2010 for Environmental Engineering

Core Journals in ISI JCR Report 2010 for Environment Science

Core Journals in ISI JCR Report 2010 for Water Resources


1. Top Cited Journals in Environmental Engineering according to ISI Impact Factor 2008

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2. Top Cited Journals in Environmental Science according to ISI Impact Factor 2008

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3. Top Cited Journals on Water Resources in Environmental Engineering according to ISI Impact Factor 2008

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You can store the references to all the journal articles you find useful using a bibliographic software such as EndNote.


The Audio Visual collection is located at Level B2 in the Business Library. Staff and Masters/PhD students can borrow the titles home while undergraduate students can approach the service desk to borrow a title and view it in the library.


Some of the Environmental Engineering AV titles are listed below. Click on hyperlinked titles to check availability in the Library.

  1. A journey in the history of water
    Call Number: TD348.J86
  2. An inconvenient truth
    Call Number: QC981.8.G56I37
  3. Burning the future: coal in America
    Call Number: TD195.C58B966
  4. Car of future: engineering for the environment
    Call Number: TL154.C257
  5. Earth report. State of the planet 2009
    Call Number: GE149.E12
  6. Energy war
    Call Number: HD9560.5.E56W
  7. Environmental engineering. 1, Water treatment operations & processes
    Call Number: J510501
  8. Environmental engineering. 2, Wastewater systems
    Call Number: F510505
  9. Environmental engineering. 3, Solid waste & hazardous materials
    Call Number: A510508
  10. Environmental engineering. 4, Air quality systems
    Call Number: C510509
  11. Environmental ethics: examining your connection to the environment and your community
    Call Number: GE42.E61EY
  12. Environmental issue & human impact 
    Call Number: QE3.C178 [PT.8]
  13. Excellence in water quality distribution
    Call Number: H513420
  14. Extreme engineering. Holland’s barriers to the sea
    Call Number: TC558.N4E96
  15. Gasland: can you light your water on fire?
    Call Number: TN881.G248
  16. Going green: real-world solutions for the environment
    Call Number: GE195.G615
  17. Green building [videorecording]: your edge in the home building marketplace
    Call Number: NA2542.36.G795
  18. Green chemistry: meeting global challenges
    Call Number: TP155.2.E58G795M 2002
  19. Green jobs
    Call Number: HF5382.7.G796
  20. Plastic planet
    Call Number: K586607
  21. Proceedings of the first international conference on ballast water management
    Call Number: VK237.P963 2001
  22. Pulping the people
    Call Number: TD195.P37P982
  23. Sustainability matters: business strategies for environmental leadership
    Call Number: HD57.7.S964M
  24. Tapped
    Call Number: D586666
  25. Thirsting for new sources
    Call Number: TD313.S53T447
  26. Trails into science: anaerobic waste water purification
    Call Number: C505836
  27. Tsunami: killer wave
    Call Number: GC220.3.T882
  28. Village of dust, city of water
    Call Number: TD303.V713
  29. Water life: the big blue
    Call Number: GB661.2.W324b
  30. Water life: the most valuable resource on our blue planet
    Call Number: GB661.2.W324w
  31. What’s up with the weather
    Call Number: QC981.8.G56W555

Here is a step-by-step instruction guide to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.

Some internet sites where you can watch videos about the environment.

1. Academic Earth > Environmental Studies




2. > Environment







3. Green TV


Web Resources

Some selected web resources on Environmental Engineering.

Content at a glance

Institutions and Societies
Search Engines
Discussion Forums and News groups
Directories of Sources
Institutions of higher learning

Institutions and Societies

  1. EESS
    Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization. Established in 1978, it is financed by member subscriptions and by specialist activities such as offering specialized short courses, seminars and workshops.
  2. SEC
    Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is an independently managed, non-profit, non-government organization and institution of public character that nurtures, facilitates and co-ordinates environmental causes in Singapore.
  3. SIWW
    The Singapore International Water Week is the global platform that brings policymakers, industry leaders, experts and practitioners together to address challenges, showcase technologies, discover opportunities and celebrate achievements in the water world.
  4. MEWR
    The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) is committed to providing Singaporeans with a quality living environment.
  5. NEA
    The National Environment Agency (NEA) is the leading public organization responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore.
    NEA Weather Statistics
  6. NCCC
    With the announcement of Singapore’s plan to accede to the Kyoto Protocol in 2006, the National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) has expanded its scope to cover climate change issues.
  7. PUB
    As the national water agency, PUB is responsible for the collection, production, distribution and reclamation of water in Singapore.
    ABC Waters Programme
  8. EPA
    The mission of United States Environment Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment.
  9. IEA
    The International Energy Agency is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond.
  10. IPCC DDC
    The DDC provides climate, socio-economic and environmental data, both from the past and also in scenarios projected into the future.

Search Engines

  1. Engineering Pathway
    A site which offers teaching and learning materials in engineering contributed by staff and students from leading educational institutions.
  2. Intute
    Free online service created by a consortium of seven UK universities, providing access to technology web resources.
  3. Scirus
    Comprehensive Scientific specific search engine on the internet.
  4. Scitopia
    A free and federated search portal initiated by the collaboration of 15 leading science and technology societies.
  5. TechXtra
    A free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations ,etc in engineering, and computing.
  6. Infomine
    A virtual library of internet resources compiled by US librarians.

Discussion Forums and News groups

  1. American Water Works Association
    AWWA Public Forum and WaterWiser Forum are open to the public for discussion on drinking water issues and water efficiency topics.
  2. WEF Technical Discussion Forums
    The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to offer you free access to this online community for peer networking.
  3. Eng-Tips Forums
    Access discussions in Civil/ Environmental Engineers Area for topics on Storm/Flood engineering, Water treatment & Distribution, Waste disposal & treatment and Soil/ Groundwater Environmental Engineering.
  4. BigGreen Discussion Group
    The BigGreen Discussion Group is an online forum focusing on implementing sustainable design and construction principles on large-scale projects.

Directories of Sources

  1. Open directory project – Science : Environment
    A directory of selected web contents maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors.
  2. The WWW Virtual Library – Wastewater Engineering
    The WWW Virtual Library – Urban Environmental Management
    A directory of academic and research institutions, blogs, information resources and products and services.
  3. Yahoo – Environmental Engineering links
    Web resources from
  4. Google directory of Environmental Journals
  5. Green Pages – The Global Directory for Environmental Technology
  6. Universities Council on Water Resources

Institutions of higher learning

  1. NTU School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  2. NTU – Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  3. NTU – Environmental Engineering Research Centre (EERC)
  4. NTU – Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE)
  5. NUS – Environmental Science & Technology
  6. NUS – Water Research Centre
  7. Singapore Polytechnic – CLS news
  8. Singapore Polytechnic – Water Quality Monitoring in Singapore’s Natural Areas
  9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  10. Stanford University
  11. University of California, Berkerley

Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are the recommended textbooks for your course modules selected by your lecturers.


Browsing the Reserves collection

Reserve titles for Engineering and Science are located in the Reserves section at Level 3 of Lee Wee Nam Library. They are marked for 2-hour loan and are easily identified by the red spot on the book spine.

RBR titles are borrowed using the self-service machines within the Reserves section itself. For your information, overdue fines for RBR titles are set at $0.50 per hour.

Searching for Reserve titles

NTU Library Catalogue has the list of course reserve titles and these can be retrieved using the assigned Course Number, Course Name or by Instructor.

Go to the Library Catalogue.


  1. Click the Reserves tab on the top right-hand side
  2. Key in the course code
  3. Click Lookup Items on Reserve by Course Number
Student Works

Access CEE Final Year Project Reports and Industrial Attachment Reports (except confidential reports) in DR-NTU restricted collections. Log in using NTU network user name and password to view the full text.

View the Collection Page of CEE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI). At the interface below, enter your known search terms and click Go; alternatively browse the collection by author, title, subject and date.



Meta-analysing the CEE community collection in DR-NTU
A survey was conducted on the subject categories* assigned to FYPS and theses submitted to the repository in year 2010. This comprised about 240 CEE and 580 EEE submissions. The results of this survey were plotted in a graph and also represented in a ‘cloud’ tag. Users may visualise subject categories mapped out for this specific submission year collection and find useful links to their areas of research interest. We welcome your feedback and questions, please email: Environmental Engineering librarian,
See the graph and tag cloud for CEE 2010 collection here.

See the graph and tag cloud for CEE 2011 collection here.

Staff Publications

DR-NTU (Open Access) aims to capture, store and preserve the scholarly output of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and make it available to the global research community. The journal article and conference paper publications of NTU faculty in the DR-NTU (Open Access) are searchable using internet search engines such as Google.


CEE Staff Papers

Many publishers allow self archiving of publications in institutional repositories. You may refer to the copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo for more information on these publishers.

If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the CEE collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU or contact your subject librarian.

Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from the NTU Engineering community.

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