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Guaraglia, Dardo Oscar / Pousa, Jorge Lorenzo

Introduction to Modern Instrumentation

For Hydraulics and Environmental Sciences


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    October 2014
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    Modern Instrumentation, Environmental Sciences, Hydraulics

    Aims and Scope

    Natural hazards and anthropic activities threaten the human environment. The gathering of field data is needed so as to quantify the impact of such activities. To gather the necessary data researchers nowadays use a great variety of new instruments based on electronics. Yet, the working principles of this new instrumentation might not be well understood by some potential users.
    All operators of these new tools must gain proper insight so as to be able to judge whether the instrument is selected appropriately and functions adequately. This book attempts to demonstrate some characteristics that are not easy to understand by the uninitiated in the use of electronic instruments.
    The material presented in this book was prepared with the purpose of reflecting the technological changes that have occurred in environmental modern instrumentation in the last few decades. The book is intended for students of hydrology, hydraulics, oceanography, meteorology and environmental sciences.
    Basic concepts of electronics, special physics principles and signal processing are introduced in the first chapters in order to enable the reader to follow the topics developed in the book, without any prior knowledge of these matters.
    The instruments are explained in detail and several examples are introduced to show their measuring limitations. Enough mathematical fundamentals are given to allow the reader to reach a good quantitative knowledge.


    433 pages
    230 Fig.
    Type of Publication:
    Modern Instrumentation, Electronics, Environmental Sciences, Hydraulics

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    Dardo O. Guaraglia, Prof., Ph.D. Electronic Engineering, National University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina

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    • Modern instrumentation in environmental sciences is very powerful, yet it may be a kind of double-edged sword. It frequently happens that potential users of modern instruments are not well aware of the real possibilities and limitations of the instruments they intend to use. Because of this, the recoded data may be affected by errors that could eventually lead to wrong conclusions. This book is ideally suited to introduce post graduate students in modern instrumentation used in environmental sciences. The style is plain in order that the book may be grasped by as large an audience as possible. No prior knowledge of physics is required to understand the working principle of instruments. I strongly recommend this book.

      posted by: Eduardo Kruse on 2014-10-14 04:30 AM (Europe/Berlin)

    • This book looks at the new technologically advanced instruments as powerful tools of investigation in environmental sciences. Nowadays the knowing, competence and skill in the use of modern electronic instrumentation are essential for the resolution of problems related to the research activities in many fields such as hydrology, hydraulics, oceanography, meteorology and other environmental sciences. This book offers then a valuable introduction to this modern instrumentation for a graduate student beginning a research career in environmental sciences, who is confronted with a two-fold question: which particular instrument should be purchased, and how to be fully aware of the capabilities and possible errors when using the instrument for collecting data. The way data can be transmitted and stored is also covered at an appropriate level. The book is written in a plain style and the authors have made every effort in order that the book may be self-contained. I absolutely recommend this book.

      posted by: ANDREA MAZZOLDI on 2014-10-15 09:24 AM (Europe/Berlin)