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Module Description : Environmental Systems
Module Code(s) : CEGEG016 CEGEM010
Module Coordinator : Julien Harou
Outline :

​The objective of the course is to provide a theoretical introduction and practical experience in the modelling and management of environmental systems. The field of environmental systems is vast and encompasses many scientific and engineering disciplines, but the methods used to analyse and manage such systems are fewer. In this course we focus on 4 methods which are likely to be of use to students as they pursue their careers: simulation, optimisation, methods for decision-making under uncertainty, and engineering economics. These tools of analysis will be applied to various disciplines and problems of environmental systems, such as water, air, material, energy, transport, contaminant movement, treatment processes etc. There will be a special focus on simulating different environmental systems. The course will demonstrate how quantitative tools bridge the divide between environmental problems and engineering design and public policy responses.

Aims And Learning Outcomes :
  • ​Define environmental systems and why are they different from other engineering or systems problems
  • Select appropriate tools to quantify and manage environmental systems
  • Learn to use software such as spreadsheets and modelling systems to carry out env. Systems analyses
  • Introduce and apply simulation techniques to environmental systems, e.g. simple environmental models: budgets and mass balance
  • Introduce and apply optimisation techniques to environmental systems, e.g. optimising system capacities or operating rule curves
  • Introduce and apply methods for making decisions under uncertainty, e.g. and apply to treatment processes and design decisions
  • Introduce and apply engineering economics techniques to cost and plan for environmental system interventions
  • Identify relevant system performance measures (e.g. cost, sustainability, carbon emissions, reliability, etc.)
  • Discover how modelling tools can help shape environmental policies, examples applied to the UK

Pre- And Co- Requisites :
Assessment :
Reading List :

Background reading

Read chapters 1 and 2 in `Recommended book for course` (see below)


Required book for course

Revelle, C. S., E. E. Whitlatch, and J. R. Wright (2004), Civil and Environmental Systems Engineering, Prentice Hall.,s=books&,qid=1276685126&,sr=8-6


Further references

G. Boyle, B. Everett and J. Ramage (2003) Energy systems and sustainability, Oxford University Press

J.B. Brockman (2008) Introduction to Engineering Modeling and Problem Solving, Wiley

H. R. Bungay. (1998) Environmental systems Engineering, Kluwer Academic Publishers, USA

S. Chapra (1997) Surface water-quality modeling, McGraw Hill

Clemen, Robert T., Terence Reilly (2001), Making Hard Decisions with DecisionTools, Duxbury Press, Belmont CAF.

Dunnivant and E. Anders (2006) A basic introduction to pollutant fate and transport, Wiley and Sons, Inc.

A. James (1993) An introduction to water quality modelling John Wiley and Sons

K. Hangos and I. Cameron (2001) Process modelling and model analysis

J. Ingham, I.J. Dunn, E. Heizle, J.E. Prenosil (1994) Chemical engineering dynamics: an introduction to modelling and computer simulation, Weinheim, Cambridge : Wiley-VCH.

Loucks, D. P., J. R. Stedinger, and D. A. Haith (1981), Water resources systems planning and analysis, Prentice-Hal, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

G.M. Masters and W.P. Ela (2007) Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.

S. Tinsley and I. Pillai (2006) Environmental management systems - understanding organizational drivers and barriers

J. Walter and Weber, Jr (2001) Environmental systems and processes - Principles, modelling, and design.

I.D.White, D.N. Mottershead and S.J. Harrison (1992) Environmental systems - an introductory text

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