Environmental – Civil Engineering

Environmental  – Civil Engineering


Measuring, understanding and delivering built
and natural environment sustainability is a key focus of UQ Environmental engineers. Currently, Australia produces 48 million tonnes
of waste each year, and just under half of this is dumped into landfills. We need to reduce our volume of waste generated,
as well as maximise resource and energy extraction from waste streams. In the state-of-the-art facilities at the
University of Queensland, we are developing new technologies based on microbial processes
to transform waste into energy and to extract heavy metals that can be harmful to the environment. By the year 2100, a one-metre sea level rise
will displace or disrupt more than 140 million people. At the forefront of research into this global
challenge, the UQ Environmental engineering group are measuring and documenting the first
evidence of islands disappearing. This alarming discovery of disappearing islands
was made when we uncovered a global sea level rise hot spot, providing a glimpse into the
future. And this finding really shifts the international
debate from speculating on likely impacts, to instead tackling the consequences of climate
change. 4 billion people globally experience severe
water scarcity. At UQ, Environmental engineers are scrutinising
the entire water supply chain, from the rehabilitation of streams, to monitoring the downstream effects
of sewage discharge. To better understand and predict future water
quality and quantity, we integrate large scale monitoring networks with catchment and reservoir
numerical models, specialising in the hydrodynamics sediment transportation and biogeochemical
cycling. Solving these challenges will ensure that quality of life is maintained around the globe into the 22nd century.

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