A Basic Introduction to Pollutant Fate and Transport: An Integrated Approach with Chemistry, Modeling, Risk Assessment, and Environmental Legislation / Edition 1

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A uniquely accessible text on environmental modeling designed for both students and industry personnel

Pollutant fate and modeling are becoming increasingly important in both regulatory and scientific areas. However,the complexity of the software and models often act as an inhibitor to the advancement of water quality science.

A Basic Introduction to Pollutant Fate and Transport fills the need for a basic instructional tool for students and environmental professionals who lack the rigorous mathematical background necessary to derive the governing fate and transport equations. Taking a refreshingly simple approach to the subject that requires only a basic knowledge of algebra and first-year college chemistry, the book presents and integrates all of the aspects of fate and transport, including chemistry, modeling, risk assessment, and relevant environmental legislation; approaching each topic first conceptually before introducing the math necessary to model it.

The first half of the book is dedicated to the chemistry and physics behind the fate and transport models, while the second half teaches and reinforces the logical concepts underlying fate and transport modeling. This better prepares students for support jobs in the environmental arena surrounding chemical industry and Superfund sites.

Contributing to the book's ease of use are:

  • An extremely user-friendly software program, Fate, which uses basic models to predict the fate and transport of pollutants in lakes, rivers, groundwater, and atmospheric systems
  • The use of "canned" models to evaluate the importance of model parameters and sensitivity analysis
  • A wealth of easy-to-understand examples and problems
  • A chapter on environmental legislation in the United States and Europe
  • A set of lab exercises, as well as a downloadable set of teaching aids

A much-needed basic text for contemporary hydrology or environmental chemistry courses and support courses forthe environmental industry, this is a valuable desk reference for educators and industry professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...an extremely well-written and presented instructions tool on fate and transport modeling." (Journal of Environmental Quality, July/August 2006)

"...unique instructional tool..." (International Journal of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471651284
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANK M. DUNNIVANT is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Whitman College in Washington State and has worked for several labs, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory, and the Swiss Federal Institute for Water and Wastewater Pollution. He has extensive experience with practical applications, research, and writing on environmental engineering and analytical science.

ELLIOT ANDERS holds a degree in environmental chemistry and has extensive programming experience. He is the cofounder of Educational Solutions, a company that produces a variety of software products for college use. Currently he works as a Network Technician in the public school system.

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Table of Contents


To the Instructor.

To the Student.

To the Environmental Professional.

How to Use the Book with Fate and Associated Software.





Chapter 1. Sources and Types of Pollutant, Why We Need Modeling, and Historical Contamination Events.


Chapter 2. Basic Chemical Process in Pollutant Fate and Transport Modeling.

Chapter 3. Quantitative Aspects of Chemistry Toward  Modeling.


Chapter 4. An Overview of Pollutant Fate and Transport Modeling.

Chapter 5. Fate and Transport Concepts for Lake Systems.

Chapter 6. Fate and Transport of Pollutants In Rivers and Streams.

Chapter 7. Dissolved Oxygen SAG Curves in Streams: The Streeter-Phelps Equation.

Chapter 8. Fate and Transport Concepts for Groundwater.

Chapter 9. Fate and Transport Concepts in Atmospheric Systems.


Chapter 10. Risk and the Calculation of Health Risk From Exposure to Pollutants.


Chapter 11. Environmental Laws.


Chapter 12. Case Studies of Selected Pollutants.


Chapter 13. Experiments.

Appendix I. Glossary of Iris Terms.

Appendix II. List of Drinking Water Contaminants and MCLS.

Appendix III. List of Contaminants and Their MCLS.

Appendix IV. Periodic Table of the Elements.


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