5th Int Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, Arizona, 2007
5th Int Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, Arizona, 2007
The Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics held on December 4-7, 2007 at the Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA, consist of a book of abstracts and a CD-ROM with full papers.

The Fifth International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH-V) was held in Tempe, Arizona, from 4-7 December 2007. Roughly 250 scientists, engineers and other interested parties from about fifty countries, attended the meeting. Two workshops were held in conjunction with the symposium. The first addressed the question of the desirability of conducting collaborative research between hydraulics and health sciences related researchers on such problems as water-borne disease. The second considered ways in which the academic community of more industrialized countries could better contribute to the solution of water-related problems in developing nations.

The principal purpose of the Symposium was to serve as a means whereby scientists and engineers from around the world could report on cutting edge research in a wide range of environmental hydraulics topics. Dr. Harindra J.S. Fernando of Arizona State University gave the keynote address. Dr. Fernando discussed the advantages of having a multifaceted approach to the complex environmental issues facing the world community; for example, to understand the effects of urbanization on the local atmospheric environment, he emphasized the desirability of establishing closely coordinated theoretical and numerical studies, physical model experiments and, of course, field programs. Invited general lectures included those of Heidi Nepf, MIT, (the effects of vegetation on hydraulic flow systems), Jim McWilliams, UCLA (dynamics of hydraulic systems for regions of parameter space for which rotation is important but not dominant) and Joseph Lee, University of Hong Kong, (the importance of environmental modeling in global engagement). Additionally, most of the specialty area topics included one or more invited lectures.

The ISEH-V was held under the auspices of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) with financial support being provided by a large number of units of Arizona State University, the US Army Research Office, the US National Science Foundation, Arizona Public Service and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Through the generosity of the conveners, invited speakers, and sponsors, numerous individuals from developing countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Zimbabwe were afforded the opportunity of attending the Symposium.
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