Environmental engineering & aquatic environments : a winning duo

Preventing aquatic pollution risks and recreating riverbanks and wetlands are just 2 examples of environmental engineering applied to aquatic environments, an important environmental and societal issue today. Irstea has contributed its expertise to a book coordinated by the Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment (ASTEE) to shed light on this subject.

How can we reconcile usage of the environment to meet human needs with the preservation of ecosystems ? Environmental engineering appears to be one of the answers to this question. In addition to the legitimate ecological aspiration, environmental engineering provides solutions to real societal needs, such as preventing pollution, managing flood hazards, recovering riverbeds and restoring wetlands…

Theory & practice

This just-published book aims to guide technicians and decision-makers in water management on using environmental engineering to manage aquatic environments and its socio-economic integration. This book is, in other words, the bible of environmental engineering.

Environmental Engineering Applied to Aquatic Environments: Why and How

A working group consisting of thirty people from different associations contributed to the book project, led by the Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment (ASTEE) and supported by ONEMA.

Far from being an exhaustive technical guide, this book offers basic information, combining both theory and practice, in order to respond to frequent questions by contractors and project managers and to provide details on conducting projects.

Table of contents

  • 1 / Principles, basis and history of environmental engineering applied to aquatic environments.
  • 2 / Examples of applications: what environmental engineering can do for aquatic environments.
  • 3 / What about tomorrow ? Factors that promote or hinder development.
  • 4 / Feedback : examples of projects using environmental engineering.

Environmental engineering research is a key element of Irstea's identity. It was therefore only logical that the Institute actively participate in the project. Freddy Rey, researcher and specialist on the subject, took part in the pilot committee and wrote the first chapter outlining the basis of the discipline. Other noteworthy contributions by Irstea are evident in Chapter 2 and among the thirty or so practical examples given in Chapter 4, once again confirming Irstea as an authority on the subject.

Download the book in PDF format free of charge on the ASTEE website (in French).

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