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Modelling Trends in Solid and Hazardous Waste Management

  • Debashish Sengupta
  • Sudha Agrahari

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About this book


This book explores state-of-art techniques based on methodological and modeling aspects of solid and hazardous waste management, specifically focusing on the recent trends in data acquisition and robust modeling of the results obtained. In addition to an in-depth description of the recent regulatory paradigm for solid waste disposal and revealing insights into solid waste management models, the book also addresses significant case history and remediation methodologies for sustainable development in emerging economies like India, China and Brazil.

The main emphasis is on a suitable regulatory framework with site-specific baseline calibration and aimed at the robust modeling of contaminant transport and its remediation. This is based on instructive case history in various locations/regions worldwide. The focus on recent modeling and quantification methods is the backbone of the book. One of the major aspects discussed is the application of non-invasive methods for studies related to the Earth's interior, which are increasingly preferred over invasive techniques thanks to their economic utility, as well as robust techniques for the interpretation of geophysical data. The increasing demand for groundwater and energy resources, especially for rapidly emerging countries with large populations like India and China, has made it vital to derive safe utilization approaches for our resources, including suitable waste disposal and remediation methodologies that can be adopted for 'contaminated sites.'


Environmental Impact Analysis Solid Waste Management Contaminant Modeling Generation Prediction Model Landfill Geometry Geo-environmental Information Radioactive Waste Disposal

Editors and affiliations

  • Debashish Sengupta
    • 1
  • Sudha Agrahari
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurProf. & Head, Geology & Geophysics Dept. Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurAsst. Prof., Geology & Geophysics Dept. Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia

About the editors

Dr. Debashish Sengupta is a Professor, Higher Administrative Grade and Ex-Head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. Dr. Sengupta completed his Ph.D. in Applied Geophysics in 1987, and has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His areas of interests are Nuclear Geophysics including petroleum logging using subsurface nuclear data, Radioactive Methods and Geochronology, Radon Emanometry and its applications, Applications of Isotopes and Radionuclides in Earth and Environmental Geosciences, Heat flow and Geothermics. Dr. Sengupta has authored more than 90 research publications in International Journals and more than 50 papers in Conference Proceedings, in addition to a large number of Invited Talks delivered both in India and abroad. His research work has been seminal and resulted in the formulation of Environmental Regulation policies in various countries of Asia, North and South America and the European Union. Dr. Sengupta had also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a Senior Visiting Professor at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He received the Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT’s) Award of Excellence in Earth Sciences for the year 2003. To date, 10 students have been awarded PhD degrees under his supervision.

Dr. Sudha Agrahari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. She completed her PhD in 2010, followed by three years of post-doctoral research experience in the field of helicopter-borne Electromagnetics at the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research interests include Unconventional Energy Resources, Study of Joint Inversion of Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods for Environmental Applications, and Modeling and Simulation of Geophysical Data. She has disseminated her research through publications in international journals and book chapters.

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