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Examines the fundamental problems that arise from the interaction between humans and their natural environment. Taken from a physicists perspective, this comprehensive introduction considers how the negative impact of our modern existence upon our environment can be avoided, or at the very least reduced.
...I would regards this as one of the more accessible and useful introductory texts in environmental physics... (Chemistry & Industry, 19 August 2002) "...This book should be a good choice for environmental science teachers..." (Jnl of Environmental Quality (September/October 2002) "...very valuable to all students taking a course in environmental sicence..." (The Int Jnl of Environmental Studies, Vol.59, 2002) "...well adapted to the needs of an environmental science course..." (Int Jnl of Environement & Pollution, Vol.18, No.1, 2002) "...valuable to all students taking courses on environmental sciences..." (Int Jnl of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol.82, No.10, 2002) "...the material is fresh and to the point ...It is a highly recommended introductory text..." (Environmental Geology, January 2003) "...an excellent overview...very well written...material is fresh and to the point...highly recommendable..." (Environmental Geology, Vol 43(3), Jan 2003)
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: A Physical Approach to Environmental Problems; What are Environmental Problems Pollution; The Economic and Social Context; Sunlight and the Solar Spectrum; The Greenhouse Effect; Transport of Pollutants; The Carbon Cycle; 2. Weather and Climate; Energy Transport; The Atmsophere, Vertical Structure and Motion; Horizontal Motion of Air; The Oceans; 3. Climate Change; Natural Changes of Climate; Human induced changes; Consequences of Climate Change; Reactions to Climate Change; 4. Conventional Energy; Physics of Heat; Heat and Power: Thermodynamics; Converting Heat into Power: Problems and 'Solutions'; 5. Carbonfree Energies; Renewable energies; Nuclear Power; 6. Making up the Balance; Greenhouse Gases, Pollution and Resources; Defining the task; 7. Transport of Pollutants; Basic Concepts; Dispersion in the Air; Dispersion in Surface Waters; Dispersion by Groundwater; 8. Noise; Physics of Sound; Human hearing; Reducing Sound Levels; 9. Environmental Spectroscopy; Basic Spectrospcopy; The Solar Spectrum at Ground Level; Experimental Techniques in Environmental Spectroscopy; Solar UV, Ozone and Life; 10. Geophysical Methods; Radioactive Clocks; Isotope Ratios as Environmental Sensors; Magnetic Surveys; Seismic Probing; 11. Science and Society; Finite Resources of Energy; Pollution and Health Effects; Environmental Policy; Thinking about the Environment and Human Life; The Responsibility of the Scientist; Appendices; References; Index
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