Considering that environmental science draws students and practitioners with widely varied backgrounds, there is a need for materials that help readers to grow their knowledge of fundamental principles from chemistry, physics, and biology to understand, describe, and predict the ways in which constituents (sediment, nutrients, organic matter, etc.) interact and move in aquatic systems (rivers, lakes, groundwater, and the atmosphere). Aquatic Environmental Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Scientists and Engineers focuses on developing a common vocabulary and a rigorous material balance-based approach to understanding these movements and interactions. It examines the key properties of water and the ways they impact the behavior of water in the environment, providing a focused enumeration of those aspects of water structure that have direct and profound impacts on aquatic environmental systems.


  • Provides open-ended exercises to allow students to tailor work to their personal local/regional interests
  • Focuses on conveying understanding of the underlying principles and assumptions/limitations which are frequently underemphasized or overlooked entirely in other books
  • Deemphasizes straight memorization while focusing on methods that can be applied to more broad-based problem solving
  • Accommodates a wide range of mathematics skills and backgrounds

chapter |2 pages


chapter 2|8 pages


Properties and Behavior

chapter 3|12 pages

Distribution and Cycling of Water on Earth

chapter 4|13 pages

Characteristics of Water

chapter 5|22 pages

Chemical Reactions in Aquatic Systems

chapter 7|20 pages

Forces Acting in Fluids

chapter 8|20 pages

Alluvial Channels

chapter 9|13 pages

Ideal Reactors

chapter 10|9 pages

Departure from Ideal Conditions