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Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Engineering

Understanding Soil, Water, and Pollutant Interaction and Transport

Authors: Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed, Evan K. Paleologos Publisher: Elsevier Science Publication date: 2017 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 710 Publication formats: EAN: 9780128051450 ISBN: 9780128051450 Category: Environmental science, engineering & technology Structural engineering Publisher's index: 9780128051450 Bibliographic note: 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.


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.

  • 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


  • Front Cover 2
  • Fundamentals of Geoenvironmental Engineering: Understanding Soil, Water, and Pollutant Interaction and Transport 5
  • Copyright 6
  • Dedication 7
  • Contents 9
  • Preface 17
  • About the Authors 21
  • Part I: Geoenvironmental Engineering 23
    • Chapter 1: Geoenvironmental Engineering in a Global Environment 25
      • 1.1. Introduction 25
      • 1.2. Scope of Environmental Problems and the Demographic Problem 26
        • 1.2.1. Pollution of Oceans and International Rivers 29
        • 1.2.2. Water Resources 33
        • 1.2.3. Water Scarcity and Degradation 34
        • 1.2.4. Chemicals in the Environment 35
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Author's affiliation

Abdel-Mohsen Onsy Mohamed: Associate Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Evan K. Paleologos: Chair and Professor Civil Engineering, Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates