Prof. Jim Atwater completed his B.A.Sc. (1969) and M.A.Sc. (1973) degrees at the University of British Columbia prior to joining the Civil Engineering department as a faculty member in 1979. Prof. Atwater is an expert in solid waste management, and has conducted research on leachate generation, migration and control, and hazardous waste management. He has served as an advisor to federal, provincial and municipal governments on landfill leachate control and the development of regulations to properly handle and control hazardous waste. In 2013, Prof. Atwater was the recipient of the Donald R. Stanley Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering along with his graduate student, Ryan Thoren, and his UBC colleague, Dr. Pierre Bérubé.
Solid waste management, leachate generation, characterization and treatment, groundwater contamination, groundwater mitrification/denitrification.
Design of Water Supply and Waste Conveyance Systems
Identification and evaluation of design solutions for providing a community with adequate water supply, collecting and disposing of stormwater and sewage, and managing excess stormwater flow.
Engineering Management of Solid Wastes
Characteristics of solid wastes; introduction to solid waste collection, treatment and disposal. Evaluation of current practice and analysis of future potential of landfills, composting, combined treatment, recycle and re-use.
Toxic and Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
Environmental impact of disposal of toxic and hazardous wastes. Treatment technology for detoxification. Landfill disposal and self attenuation in landfills and underlying soils. Incineration of municipal wastes.
Transport and Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems
Mixing and dispersion of pollutants in inland and coastal waters. Pollutants associated with pulp mills, waste treatment plants, mining operations and other sources. Natural processes (physical, chemical, and biological) affecting the ultimate fate and impact of these pollutants.
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