Water Resources

Glory Hole, Monticello Dam
Fig 1: A non-regulated spillway in N. California[1]

Water resources engineering has its roots in the tasks of supplying water for human use, removing water when humans are finished using it, and developing methods of avoiding damage from excess water (storms/floods). Much of the work of water resource engineers involves the planning and management of constructed facilities that address these tasks (dams, reservoirs, channels, etc.).

Inline with Water Resource Engineers, Environmental Engineers are involved with specific topics which deal with the environment. These topics include Wastewater Treatment? and Water Treatment?. Many consider Environmental Engineers to be a specialized category within water resource engineering.

Specific Water Resource Topics:

Water Resource Engineers cover the following specific topics:

Famous Water Resource Engineers include:

  • Daniel Bernoulli - Developed Bernoulli's principle
  • Osborne Reynolds - The creator of Reynold's #.
  • Joseph Valentin Boussinesq - Created equations which modeled surface waves on thicker layers of fluid and with steeper surface slopes.
  • Henry Philibert Gaspard Darcy - calculated head loss due to friction, which after further modification by Julius Weisbach would become the well-known Darcy–Weisbach equation still in use today.
  • Robert Manning - created an equation for open channel flow, or free-surface flow driven by gravity. Of interest, his background was not actually in Engineering, but rather accounting.

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