CH3170 – Ecological Engineering


CH3170 – Ecological Engineering


Course Content:

Ecological engineering is defined as “the design of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both.” It combines natural and applied sciences, especially systems ecology, with the discipline of engineering to educate professionals on how to design, construct and manage ecosystems and to develop sustainable eco-technologies

Introduction to Ecological Engineering

Basic Concepts in ecology needed for ecological engineering design: ecosystem services, energy and mass flow though ecosystems, estimation of NPP, Defining biomes , ecoregions and watershed, defining the place: site, soils as living organisms

Designing community structure: Types of restoration design, Biotic interactions, regional processes, environmental and habitat impacts

Ecosystem Control and Feedback systems: Population Control processes, community control processes, Feedback processes, designing ecosystem complexity

Applications:

Treatment wetlands: Non-Point Source Management of wastes in Engineered Ecosystems, Fundamentals of non-point source pollution including quantification of environmental impact and ecosystem management related to contaminants and nutrients and to planning and design of ecological systems, Biodiversity and Treatment Wetlands, Wetland creation and restoration, Case studies

Restoration ecology: Restoration concepts, How to Restore an Ecosystem, Procedures and Policies, Case Studies of lake and river restoration

Stream Restoration Design: Hydrology, sedimentology, geomorphology, habitat, connectivity, riparian corridor

Books:

  1. Ecological Engineering design Restoring and conserving ecosystem services; Marty D. Matlock, Robert A. Morgan, Wiley, 2011
  2. Applications in Ecological Engineering, Sven Erik Jørgensen, Academic Press, 2009
  3. Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration, William J. Mitsch, Sven Erik Jørgensen, 2003
  4. Ecology 2, Paul J Colinvaux, John Wiley, 2003

Journals:

Ecological Engineering, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Recyling Today etc.