Special Issue "Environmental and Water Resources Engineering"

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

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This is a joint Special Issue with the 2018 International Conference on Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE 2018, 12–14 October, Jeju Island, Korea). It will feature original research, application papers and review papers on the theory, design and implementation of environmental and water resources engineering, etc. Topics include but not limited to: environmental science and technology; environmental dynamics; global environmental change and ecosystems management; climate and climatic changes; global warming; environmental restoration and ecological engineering; wetlands; ground water remediation; environmental sustainability; environmental systems approach; sustainable cities; green energy; health and the environment; water resources systems; climate change impacts on hydrology and water resources; monitoring, remediation, assessment and protection of water resources; planning and management of water resources and water provision; watershed hydrology; water quality assessment; water environment protection; sustainable use of water resources; unsustainable patterns of water consumption and use; water demand and consumption; water recycling and reuse; fresh water security; ground water monitoring and modeling; urban water; and water and environment.

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Keywords

  • environmental science and technology
  • environmental dynamics
  • global environmental change and ecosystems management
  • climate and climatic changes
  • global warming
  • environmental restoration and ecological engineering
  • wetlands
  • ground water remediation
  • environmental sustainability
  • environmental systems approach
  • sustainable cities
  • green energy
  • health and the environment
  • water resources systems
  • climate change impacts on hydrology and water resources
  • monitoring, remediation, assessment and protection of water resources
  • planning and management of water resources and water provision
  • watershed hydrology
  • water quality assessment
  • water environment protection
  • sustainable use of water resources
  • unsustainable patterns of water consumption and use
  • water demand and consumption
  • water recycling and reuse
  • fresh water security
  • ground water monitoring & modeling
  • urban water
  • water and environment

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Management of Tropical River Basins and Reservoirs under Water Stress: Experiences from Northeast Brazil
Environments 2019, 6(6), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6060062 - 04 Jun 2019
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Due to global warming, a reduction in available water will occur in many watersheds and conflicts concerning water use will take place. This situation is already typical in semi-arid areas, where many reservoirs have been constructed for water storage. Increased energy demands and [...] Read more.
Due to global warming, a reduction in available water will occur in many watersheds and conflicts concerning water use will take place. This situation is already typical in semi-arid areas, where many reservoirs have been constructed for water storage. Increased energy demands and climate change have led to severe and increasing pressure on aquatic systems. Today, the environmental policies of many countries, such as Brazil, give priority to constructing new reservoirs for hydropower use, and an adopted reservoir and river basin management plan must minimize environmental impacts. Moreover, the production of energy plants will promote more requirements for new dam projects. The Itaparica reservoir is 30 years old, located in the São Francisco river in Northeast Brazil, and is the focus of an environmental study. The article focus of investigations is on the environmental and social impacts after the construction of Itaparica reservoir, governance difficulties, and adopted actions to minimize those impacts. Significant environmental impacts are recognizable, such as increased sedimentation in the inflow area, damage to the lakeshore zone by operational water level variation, water losses by evaporation and infiltration, and degradation of inundated vegetation. Furthermore, a trophic upsurge has been registered with severe eutrophication processes, such as the occurrence of cyanobacteria, oxygen deficit in the hypolimnion, and mass development of macrophytes (Egeria densa). With the creation of the dam there was compulsory displacement of the population of the municipalities around Itaparica reservoir with consequent difficulties of adaptation in the new spaces. Furthermore, there was de-structuring of social relation networks, loss of arable land and improvements, and small and insufficient indemnities for land. In this context, concepts for an advanced reservoir management under consideration of water scarcity are presented and discussed. This study aims to contribute to sustainable reservoir management Full article
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Biogas Production by Co-Digestion of Canteen Food Waste and Domestic Wastewater under Organic Loading Rate and Temperature Optimization
Environments 2019, 6(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6020016 - 31 Jan 2019
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The objective of this study was to characterize biogas production performance from the co-digestion of food waste and domestic wastewater under mesophilic (35 ± 1 °C) and thermophilic (55 ± 1 °C) conditions. The food waste used as a co-substrate in this study [...] Read more.
The objective of this study was to characterize biogas production performance from the co-digestion of food waste and domestic wastewater under mesophilic (35 ± 1 °C) and thermophilic (55 ± 1 °C) conditions. The food waste used as a co-substrate in this study was collected from a main canteen at the Hatyai campus of Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla Province, Thailand. The optimum co-digestion ratio and temperature conditions in a batch experiment were selected for a semi-continuous experiment. Organic loading rates (OLRs) of 0.66, 0.33, and 0.22 g volatile solid (VS) L−1 d−1 were investigated in a semi-continuous experiment by continuously stirring a tank reactor (CSTR) for biogas production. The highest biomethane potential (BMP, 0.78 ml CH4 mg−1 VS removal) was achieved with a ratio of food waste to domestic wastewater of 10:90 w/v at a mesophilic temperature. An OLR of 0.22 g VS L−1 d−1 of co-digestion yielded positive biogas production and organic removal. The findings of this study illustrate how biogas production can be used for operating feed conditions and control for anaerobic co-digestion of domestic wastewater and food waste from a university canteen. Full article
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