Systems Engineering and Microelectronics in Water Quality Management

Beck, M.B. (1981). Systems Engineering and Microelectronics in Water Quality Management. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-82-008. Reprinted from Microelectronics in the Water Industry, Supplement to the Journal of the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists, F. Fallside (ed.), pp. 5-15 [November 1981]

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This report discusses the changing emphasis for water quality management in highly developed river basins and examines the potential role of microelectronics in operational decision-support systems for such management. Five "problem" areas are identified as factors significant for the development of operational (as opposed to planing and design) aspects of water quality management. These five factors, and the feasibility of operational water quality management in general, are closely related to the innovation of electronic engineering devices in the water industry. The application of microelectronics to three further tasks is also considered. It is concluded that the innovation of microelectronics essentially improves management's capacity to "observe", which is thus likely to expose limitations in the accompanying capacity to "act" (to implement desired control actions), a feature of water quality management more strongly dependent upon innovations of a civil engineering or biotechnological nature.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report (Reprint))
Research Programs: Resources and Environment Area (REN)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:49
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:10

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