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Natural Resources Engineering
by Ernest W. Tollner

Natural Resources Engineering examines physics and engineering aspects related to water, soil, and air quality preservation.

Natural Resources Engineering:

  • Stresses fundamentals, building on traditional agricultural engineering soil and water teachings.
  • Provides useful Internet addresses and links to sites offering practical tips.
  • Aids students and practicing professionals as they prepare to help clients be environmentally friendly while engaging in agricultural production and related commercial activities.

Natural Resources Engineering covers a diverse range of topics on the forefront of natural resources engineering.


1. Natural Resources Engineering Opportunities

  • Defining Natural Resources Engineering and Related Terms
  • The Hydrologic Cycle
  • Changing Land Uses Due to Societal Forces
  • The Scope of Natural Resources Engineering

2. Precipitation

  • Precipitation Defined
  • Raindrop Characteristics
  • Precipitation Mechanisms
  • Precipitation Types and Seasonal Effects
  • Precipitation Measurement
  • Precipitation Analysis
  • Introduction to Hydrologic Frequency Analyses: Return Period Analyses
  • Pollution Transport by Precipitation

3. Infiltration

  • Infiltration, Percolation, and subsurface Flow Defined
  • Factors Affecting Infiltration
  • Darcy's Law
  • Infiltration and Percolation Prediction
  • Infiltration Measurement
  • Pollutant Transport by Subsurface Flow

4. Evapotranspiration

  • Factors Affecting Evaporation
  • Evaporation Prediction Appoaches
  • Evaporation from Water Surfaces Based Solely on Aerodynamic Effects or Mass Balance
  • Evaporation Prediction from the Energy Balance: The Bowen Ratio Method
  • Evaporation Prediction Accounting for Aerodynamic Effects and Energy Balance: The Penman-Monteith Combination Equation Method
  • Empirical and Approximate Methods for E Prediction
  • Physical Analog: The Standard Evaporation Pan
  • Evaporation and Evapotranspiration Measurement
  • Pollutants and Evaporation

5. Runoff

  • Watershed or Catchment Delineation
  • Runoff Volume for a Compact Watershed
  • Peak Runoff Rate with Compact Watersheds
  • Runoff Hydrograph Development
  • Impact of Errors on Runoff Assessment

6. Erosion by Water

  • Factors Affecting Erosion by Water
  • Soil Erosion versus Sediment Yield
  • Soil Loss Tolerance
  • Types of Water Erosion
  • Erosion Mechanics
  • Predicting Soil Detachment and Upland Erosion
  • The Weighted Factor for Average Annual Erosion Computation
  • Prediction of Sediment Yield
  • Modeling Approaches for Sediment Yield Prediction
  • Erosion Control Practices in Agriculture
  • Sediment Control Practices in Construction
  • Erosion and Pollution

7. Water Quality and Upland Nonpoint Pollution

  • Important Concepts and Selected Pollution Measurement Techniques
  • Water Quality Background
  • Scale Effects
  • Some Best Management Practices for Nonpoint Pollution Abatement
  • Quantitative Removal and Renovation of Selected Pollution Constituents

8. Open Channel Hydraulics

  • Fundamentals of Hydraulics
  • Fluid Statics Review
  • Channel Design and Construction

9. Vegetated Waterways

  • Channel Planning
  • Design Procedures
  • Other Design Approaches
  • Construction and Maintenance

10. Terraces and Diversions

  • Terrace Definitions and Types
  • Function of Terraces
  • Erosion Terrace Spacing for Erosion Prevention
  • Terrance Channel Length, Cross Section, Maximum Grade, and Capacity
  • Broadbase and Bench Erosion Terrace Design Summary
  • Diversion Terraces and Diversions in Agricultural and Urban Applications
  • Diversion Terraces for Construction Site Erosion Control
  • Terrace Outlet Selection
  • calculations for Tile Outlet Terrace or Sedimentation Pond
  • Parallel Terrace System Planning and Design

11. Hydraulics of Water Management Structures

  • Structure Types
  • Hydraulic Concepts
  • Stage-Discharge Relationships of Weir Inlets and Flumes
  • Discharge Relations of Orifices and Sluice Gate Inlet Devices
  • Stage-Discharge Curves for Culverts and Spillways
  • Closed Conduit Systems for Urban Storm Water Collection
  • Water Measurement Structures for Irrigation and Aquaculture

12. Impoundments and Embankments

  • Soil Fundamentals for Embankment Construction
  • Flood Routing through Reservoirs and Related Structures
  • General Pond Design
  • Spillway Design
  • Embankment Safety: Selection of Design Storm

13. Shallow Groundwater Management with Drains and Wells

  • Surface Drainage
  • Introduction to Subsurface Flow
  • Pipe Drainage
  • Shallow Wells
  • Uniform Infiltration and Drianage to a Nearby Stream

14. Introduction to Irrigation Design

  • Irrigation Systems Overview
  • Soil-Water-Plant Relations
  • Soil Intake Rate
  • Water Quality Issues and Leaching Requirement for Crop Production
  • Irrigation Efficiency
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Computing ET Requirements
  • Effective Rainfall for Agricultural Irrigation
  • Irrigation Pumping Rate for Meeting ET Requirements
  • Water Rights
  • Sprinker Lateral Design for Agricultural Applications
  • Center Pivot System Specification
  • Design for Nonagricultural Applications
  • Microirrigation System Design with Pressure-Compensated Emitters

15. Streamflow Processes and Lake Dynamics

  • How Waters are Biologically Impaired
  • Predominant Physical Processes
  • Biological Processes
  • Predominant Nutrient and Chemical Processes


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Natural Resources Engineering
by Ernest W. Tollner
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