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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2016 Vol.17 No.7 P.497-501


Trend setting research in “blue” and “green” directions

Author(s):  Charles W.W. Ng

Affiliation(s):  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Corresponding email(s):   cecwwng@ust.hk

Key Words:  Geo-environment, Geo-energy, 13th Five-Year Plan, International conference

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Energy, climate change, and waste management are among the crucial global challenges of the 21st century. Following collaboration among researchers and engineers in geotechnical and environmental engineering since the 1980s, a new discipline called geo-environmental engineering has been established with the aim of addressing problems such as waste disposal and the cleaning up of contaminated sites. In more recent years, due to increasing energy demands and depleting natural resources, geotechnics have started to play a major role in the exploration of new forms of energy such as shale gas and methane hydrate, and in energy conservation. This has given birth to a new branch of geotechnical engineering known as geo-energy.



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