Environmental Engineering Research Needs

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 10, Pg. 63-65

Document Type: Feature article


In June 1979 a National Science Foundation—ASCE workshop was convened to prepare a report suggesting top-priority research needs in civil engineering for the 1980s. The field was split into 10 subgroups, one of which was environmental engineering; the resulting report is the subject of this article. Among the top needs identified: toxic substances; nonpoint sources of pollution; evaluating aerosol impact on human health and the environment; solid waste disposal; health risks from land treatment of wastewater; cross-media approach to wastes management; setting threshold criteria for environmental impact; providing incentives for environmental improvement; developing methods of pollution concentration and toxicity. The statement on Research Needs in Environmental Engineering resulted from an exacting process of selecting people to make input, reconciling different views, etc.

Subject Headings: Nonpoint pollution | Health hazards | Environmental issues | Toxicity | Solid wastes | Waste disposal | Waste treatment | Management methods

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