I recently came across one of the bestselling textbooks offered by Wiley. As a text which is described as offering explanations for “both the underlying theory and the underlying mathematics, this text enables readers to fully grasp the fundamentals of physical and chemical treatment processes for water and wastewater.” (Wiley, 2016)
It is also recommended for professional environmental engineers in search of a contemporary perspective on water and wastewater treatment processes so I believe that it would be a good fit for the Agency for a new text for the library. Also, due to its ability to provide problem sets and examples for students to figure out the mathematics behind the physical and chemical treatment processes for water and wastewater, it would greatly be welcomed by our interns in the relevant field of water quality engineering.
We have just received our print issue of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) for December 2015 (Volume 51 No. 6).
This issue presents information on a wide variety of topics, which would be of interest to water resources professionals, including watershed yields, stream bacteria, water resources protection and sediment trends to name a few.
Persons wishing to view this issue can contact me via email or visit me at my desk.
Please note however, that the Journal of the American Water Resources Association which has been published bimonthly by the Wiley Subscription Services would be moving to an online only version in 2016.
I remember when I had done a natural sciences course, how dire the outlook, in terms of, water resources and the environmental sustainability looked. I am sure that if many of my classmates hadn’t thought about the environment and its relation to their survival and that of the next generation, it definitely would have been thought of then and afterwards.
At the Wiley Online Library I came across a text entitled “Air Quality Management” (March, 2014), which is one of four texts to assist readers in developing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).
This document offers one an introduction to the atmosphere around us and the units of concentration. It also discusses the importance of meteorology and the part it plays in air quality, before detailing the main types of air pollutants, their sources, and their effects on humans and their environments. Further chapters discuss measurement technologies and systems, as well as a selection of control and elimination methods. The book also details methods of modelling atmospheric dispersion.
I have been keeping busy looking at recently published books by publishers (you can browse publisher websites from my homepage menu) and I recently came across this monograph entitled “Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle” edited by Venkat Lakshmi et al..
This book is a product of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference, which was held in February 2012. Chapman conferences are usually “small, topical meetings designed to permit in-depth exploration of specialized subjects in a manner not possible at large meetings” (AGU, 2015).
As such the following information can be found in this monograph:
-An in-depth discussion of the global water cycle
– Approaches to various problems in climate, weather, hydrology, and agriculture
– Applications of satellite remote sensing in measuring precipitation, surface water, snow, soil moisture, groundwater, modeling, and data assimilation
– A description of the use of satellite data for accurately estimating and monitoring the components of the hydrological cycle
– Discussion of the measurement of multiple geophysical variables and properties over different landscapes on a temporal and a regional scale.
Information in this text can be found under the main topics of precipitation, evapotranspiration, surface water, groundwater, data and modeling, soil moisture and snow.
Due to the fact that this document discusses snow, a phenomenon that does not occur in our country, I know that persons may not see it as suitable, however, since it discusses the above topics, I see it as a very comprehensive text. I guess I will do more research and see whether it is a good fit for the agency.
It should be noted that this text is is a valuable resource for students, as well as, research professionals in the hydrology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, geography, and geological sciences communities.
Persons wishing to read up on this document can either click on the link below or search for it on the Wiley website available through my home page in the menu tab. Please note that only registered users can view chapters via PDF.
As an Agency which employs persons in various fields such as geography, geology,water resources, information technology, GIS and environmental studies, it is very important for us to have relevant outlets to source information.
One such outlet is that of work published by our peers in terms of research articles, review essays, book reviews and monographs. Yet, for many persons in technical areas they may not see themselves as an author of published material. Yet, there are many ways in which one’s work could be published in an environment such as ours especially in terms of conference papers, symposiums, workshops, as well as, through relevant journals and magazines.
One of our regular suppliers, Wiley, recently provided the Agency with access to a guide for Publishing and Getting Read for persons in the field of Geography. However, some of the tips provided in this document, such as publication strategies, authorship best practices and ethics, can apply to persons in other technical fields as well, in terms of guiding persons in the process of writing various material (such as research articles, monographs, review essays) and maximizing their chances of getting read.
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