Exercises in Environmental Physics

  • Filename: exercises-in-environmental-physics.
  • ISBN: 9780387358352
  • Release Date: 2007-01-15
  • Number of pages: 330
  • Author: Valerio Faraoni
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



The study of environmental physics requires understanding topics from many di?erent areas of physics as well as comprehension of phy- cal aspects of the world around us. Several excellent textbooks are available covering most aspects of environmental physics and of appli- tions of physics to the natural environment from various points of view. However, while teaching environmental physics to university students, I sorelymissedabookspeci?callydevotedtoexercisesfortheenvironm- tal science student. Thus, the motivation for this book came about as in physics, as well as in many other disciplines, satisfactory knowledge of a subject cannot be acquired without practice. Usually students are not familiar with the various areas of physics that are required to describe both the environment and the human impact upon it. At the same time, students need to develop skills in the manipulation of the ideas and c- cepts learned in class. Therefore, this exercise book is addressed to all levels of university students in environmental sciences. Because of the wide range of potential users this book contains both calculus-based and algebra-based problems ranging from very simple to advanced ones. Multiple solutions at di?erent levels are presented for certainproblems—thestudentwhoisjustbeginningtolearncalculuswill bene?t from the comparison of the di?erent methods of solution. The material is also useful for courses in atmospheric physics, environmental aspects of energy generation and transport, groundwater hydrology, soil physics,andoceanphysics,andselectedpartsmayevenbeusedforbasic undergraduate physics courses. This collection of exercises is based on courses taught at the University of Northern British Columbia and at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Environmental Physics

  • Filename: environmental-physics.
  • ISBN: 0471997803
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 442
  • Author: Egbert Boeker
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press



Environmental Physics provides a comprehensive introduction to this increasingly important area of applied physics. Covering both atmospheric and soil physics, the reader is introduced to the physics that is needed to understand, analyse and prevent environmental problems. Whilst the rigor and methodology has been maintained in the Second Edition there has been a greater integration of physics with the natural environment throughout the text. More student exercises have been added to each chapter and more information has been provided to help the reader solve them. Some of the more challenging mathematics has been removed, and greater emphasis has been placed on the interpretation of spectra. FEATURES Carefully structured, topics are gradually introduced within each chapter, each of which conclude with student exercises and references. Thoroughly updated throughout, with more modern examples and applications, and less abstract mathematicsMore student exercises along with increased help for solving them. Greater emphasis on the interpretation of spectra. CONTENTS: |Introduction: The Essentials of Environmental Physics; Elementary Spectroscopy; The Global Climate; Energy for Human Use; Transport of Pollutants; Noise; Environmental Spectroscopy: Some Examples; The Context of Society; Gauss, Delta and Error Functions; Vector Differentiations; Physical and Numerical Constants.

An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil Water and Watersheds

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-the-environmental-physics-of-soil-water-and-watersheds.
  • ISBN: 0521536790
  • Release Date: 2004-04-01
  • Number of pages: 441
  • Author: C. W. Rose
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This introductory 2004 textbook describes the nature of the Earth's environment and its physical processes so as to highlight environmental concerns arising from human use and misuse of soil and water resources. The author provides a thorough introduction to the basic issues regarding the sustainable, productive use of land resources that is vital in maintaining healthy rivers and good groundwater qualities. He develops a quantitative approach to studying these growing environmental concerns in a way that does not require prior knowledge of the physical sciences or calculus. The straightforward writing style, lack of prerequisite knowledge and copious illustrations make this textbook suitable for introductory university courses, as well as being a useful primer for research and management staff in environmental and resources management organisations. Each chapter ends with a set of student exercises for which solutions are available from [email protected]

Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics

  • Filename: introduction-to-environmental-soil-physics.
  • ISBN: 9780080495774
  • Release Date: 2003-12-17
  • Number of pages: 494
  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • Publisher: Academic Press



An abridged, student-oriented edition of Hillel's earlier published Environmental Soil Physics, this is a more succinct elucidation of the physical principles and processes governing the behavior of soil and the vital role it plays in both natural and managed ecosystems. The textbook is self-contained and self-explanatory, with numerous illustrations and sample problems. Based on sound fundamental theory, the textbook leads to a practical consideration of soil as a living system in nature and illustrates the influences of human activity upon soil structure and function. Students, as well as other readers, will better understand the importance of soils and the pivotal possition they occupy with respect to careful and knowledgeable conservation. * Written in an engaging and clear style, posing and resolving issues relevant to the terrestrial environment. * Explores the gamut of the interactions among the phases in the soil and the dynamic interconnection of the soil with the subterranean and atmospheric domains. * Reveals the salient ideas, approaches, and methods of environmental soil physics. * Includes numerous illustrative exercises, which are explicitly solved. * Designed to serve for classroom and laboratory instruction, for self-study, and for reference. * Oriented toward practical problems in ecology, field-scale hydrology, agronomy, and civil engineering. * Differs from earlier texts in its wider scope and holistic environmental conception

Environmental Physics

  • Filename: environmental-physics.
  • ISBN: 9780470666753
  • Release Date: 2011-09-19
  • Number of pages: 440
  • Author: Egbert Boeker
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Environmental Physics Third Edition - Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Egbert Boeker & Rienk van Grondelle, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands Environmental Physics, Third Edition serves as an introduction to physics in the context of societal problems such as energy supply, pollution, climate change and finite resources of fossil fuels and uranium. The emphasis of this text is on physics, i.e. the concepts and principles that help in understanding the ways to produce energy efficiently or to mitigate climate change. Extra attention is given to photosynthesis due to its importance in the field of renewable energy. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition focuses on the utilization of sustainable energy and mitigating climate change. The text explains the physical mechanisms behind climate change and discusses the physics of renewable energy options. Nuclear power is treated in a separate chapter because of its social and political importance. In the final chapter political and social aspects of ‘renewable energy and climate change' are reviewed. A distinguishing feature of the text is the discussion of spectroscopy and spectroscopic methods, again from basic concepts, as a crucial means to quantitatively analyze and monitor the condition of the environment, the factors determining climate change and all aspects of energy conversion. This textbook will be invaluable to students in physics and related subjects such as physical chemistry and geophysics. It assumes a basic knowledge in physics and mathematics, and all equations are derived from first principles and explained in a physical way. Supplementary material including sections from earlier editions of this book, a description of environmental experiments for a student's labs and computer codes to expand some of the books' content are available from www.few.vu.nl/environmentalphysics

Physics of the environment and climate

  • Filename: physics-of-the-environment-and-climate.
  • ISBN: 0471968285
  • Release Date: 1998-11-10
  • Number of pages: 632
  • Author: Gérard Guyot
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Physics of the Environment and Climate GA(c)rard Guyot This introductory text reviews, for the first time in a unified form, information which is generally scattered between more specialized books in physics, meteorology, climatology, ecophysiology, agronomy and instrumental physics. In Physics of the Environment and Climate, GA(c)rard Guyot brings together physical, meteorological, ecological, and agronomical data, with a view to clarifying our understanding of complex global and climatological phenomena relating to the environment. In addition to the intrinsic scientific interest of this subject, it also has important applications in planning and production in agriculture, management of the rural environment, and evaluation of the impact of human activity on our surroundings. The first three chapters analyse energy and mass exchanges within and above the plant canopy and in the upper layers of the soil. They describe also the interaction existing between plant activity (photosynthesis, transpiration, etc.) and environmental factors. The following two chapters introduce the basic knowledge necessary for an understanding of the mechanisms affecting climates at different scales from the synoptic to local microclimates. The utilization of climatic data is then presented. Beginning with statistical analyses, the author leads on to practical applications, such as the determination of climatic risks, climatic and agro-climatic distribution in zones, and crop forecasting. The final chapter reviews the equipment and measurement methods used for the determination of various climatic factors. The broad nature of the book's approach, its inclusion of large-scale processes, explanations of how to measure climatic factors, and their use in solving practical problems in agro-climatology, will give the book immediate appeal. It provides the necessary information for land management planning from an agro-meteorological point of view, and is suitable for the undergraduate student and non-specialist reader with only a basic understanding of physics and mathematics. Readership: Students of agronomy, meteorology, climatology, geography, environmental science, atmospheric physics and environmental physics. Engineers and professionals in many fields such as agriculture, forestry, ecology, the rural environment, and the management of land, water and other natural resources.

1000 Solved Problems in Classical Physics

  • Filename: 1000-solved-problems-in-classical-physics.
  • ISBN: 3642119433
  • Release Date: 2011-03-18
  • Number of pages: 802
  • Author: Ahmad A. Kamal
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



This book basically caters to the needs of undergraduates and graduates physics students in the area of classical physics, specially Classical Mechanics and Electricity and Electromagnetism. Lecturers/ Tutors may use it as a resource book. The contents of the book are based on the syllabi currently used in the undergraduate courses in USA, U.K., and other countries. The book is divided into 15 chapters, each chapter beginning with a brief but adequate summary and necessary formulas and Line diagrams followed by a variety of typical problems useful for assignments and exams. Detailed solutions are provided at the end of each chapter.

Soil in the Environment

  • Filename: soil-in-the-environment.
  • ISBN: 0080554962
  • Release Date: 2007-12-14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • Publisher: Academic Press



INSTRUCTORS, interested in requesting a review copy? Register at http://textbooks.elsevier.com today! Key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines, this textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr. Hillel brilliantly discusses soils as a natural body that is engaged in dynamic interaction with the atmosphere above and the strata below that influences the planet's climate and hydrological cycle, and serves as the primary habitat for a versatile community of living organisms. Soil in the Environment offers a larger perspective of soil’s impact on the environment by organizing chapters among three main processes: Physical, Chemical and Biology. It provides students of geology, physical science, and environmental studies with fundamental information and tools for meeting the natural resource challenges of the 21st Century, while providing students of soil science and ecology with the understanding of physical and biological interactions necessary for sustainability. * First textbook to unite soil science and the environment beyond what is traditionally taught * Incorporates current knowledge of such hot topics as climate change, pollution control, human expropriation of natural resources, and the prospects for harmonious and sustainable development * Organized in a student-friendly format with examples, discussion boxes, and key definitions in every chapter * Full color throughout Companion Website includes: 1. Suggested field trips 2. Exercises and figures per chapter 3. Cross references to articles with links from Hillel’s Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment 4-vol set

Routine Data Processing in Earthquake Seismology

  • Filename: routine-data-processing-in-earthquake-seismology.
  • ISBN: 9789048186976
  • Release Date: 2010-06-16
  • Number of pages: 347
  • Author: Jens Havskov
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



The purpose of this book is to get a practical understanding of the most common processing techniques in earthquake seismology. The book deals with manual methods and computer assisted methods. Each topic will be introduced with the basic theory followed by practical examples and exercises. There are manual exercises entirely based on the printed material of the book, as well as computer exercises based on public domain software. Most exercises are computer based. The software used, as well as all test data are available from http://extras.springer.com. This book is intended for everyone processing earthquake data, both in the observatory routine and in connection with research. Using the exercises, the book can also be used as a basis for university courses in earthquake processing. Since the main emphasis is on processing, the theory will only be dealt with to the extent needed to understand the processing steps, however references will be given to where more extensive explanations can be found. Includes: • Exercises • Test data • Public domain software (SEISAN) available from http://extras.springer.com

Building Physics Heat Air and Moisture

  • Filename: building-physics-heat-air-and-moisture.
  • ISBN: 3433030278
  • Release Date: 2012-09-24
  • Number of pages: 315
  • Author: Hugo S. L. C. Hens
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Bad experiences with construction quality, the energy crises of 1973 and 1979, complaints about 'sick buildings', thermal, acoustical, visual and olfactory discomfort, the need for good air quality, the move towards more sustainability, all have accelerated the development of a field, which until some 40 years ago was hardly more than an academic exercise: building physics. Building physics combines several knowledge domains such as heat and mass transfer, building acoustics, lighting, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. In some countries, also fire safety is included. Through the application of existing physical knowledge and the combination with information coming from other disciplines, the field helps to understand the physical phenomena governing assembly, building envelope, whole building and built environment performance, although for the last the wording `urban physics? is used. Building physics has a true impact on performance based building design. This volume focuses on heat, air, moisture transfer and its usage in building engineering applications.

Plankton ecology

  • Filename: plankton-ecology.
  • ISBN: UCSD:31822003700440
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 369
  • Author: Ulrich Sommer
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag



This book presents a collection of problems and exercises in environmental science. It can be used in many courses in environmental studies especially environmental physics, energy and the environment, and atmospheric physics. The mathematical background is given in an introductory chapter. This book may be used individually for the above mentioned courses or can supplement any textbook.

An Introduction to Environmental Biophysics

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-environmental-biophysics.
  • ISBN: 0387949372
  • Release Date: 2000-09-14
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Gaylon S. Campbell
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



From reviews of the first edition: "well organized . . . Recommended as an introductory text for undergraduates" -- AAAS Science Books and Films "well written and illustrated" -- Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Renewable Energy

  • Filename: renewable-energy.
  • ISBN: 9780126561531
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 928
  • Author: Bent Sørensen
  • Publisher: Academic Press



This third edition of Renewable Energy is undoubtedly one of the most complete accounts of the subject, from source through to extraction and use. The book is academically rigorous, but accessible. The author first describes the effect of the sun on the atmosphere and the creation of wind and waves, including the effects of global warming. For each type of renewable energy, from direct solar radiation to wind and biomass, there follows a technical description of the devices that can be used to transform the energy into useful forms. The author explores new solar cell types, including polymer and organic cells, new biofuel processes and new wave energy devices. The final part of the book loos at social and economic aspects of renewable energy - the costs of our current fuel bills versus new energy sources, and the difference it could make to developing as well as developed countries. The concept of whole new energy systems based around wind, solar, and other energies is put into a real-life context. Key features include: · Reference paths: the reader may follow the general process from source through to distribution, or concentrate on a specific type of energy. · The material is divided into undergraduate text and advanced options. · Details the significant expansion of the field since the publication of the previous edition. · Updated material includes offshore wind technologies, polymer and organic solar cells, new developments in hydrogen storage, pipeline transmission, biofuel processes, and wave energy devices, evaluation of biomass options, and an outlook on the renewable energy market. * The only rigorous theory and applications book available * Provides the principles of renewable energy flows/sources and energy conversion processes * Details the significant expansion of the field since the publication of the previous editions

Environmental Modelling

  • Filename: environmental-modelling.
  • ISBN: 0471496189
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 408
  • Author: John Wainwright
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Simulation models are increasingly used to investigate processes and solve practical problems in a wide variety of disciplines eg. climatology, ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, engineering. Environmental Modelling: A Practical Approach addresses the development, testing and application of such models, which apply across traditional boundaries, and demonstrate how interactions across these boundaries can be beneficial. Provides a general overview of methods and approaches as well as focusing on key subject areas written by leading practitioners in the field Assesses the advantages and disadvantages of different models used and provides case studies supported with data, output, tutorial exercises and links to the model and/or model applications via the book's website Covers major developments in the field, eg. the use of GIS and remote sensing techniques, and scaling issues As associated website contains colour images, as well as links to www resources

Environmental Soil Physics

  • Filename: environmental-soil-physics.
  • ISBN: 0080544150
  • Release Date: 1998-09-09
  • Number of pages: 771
  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • Publisher: Academic Press



Environmental Soil Physics is a completely updated and modified edition of the Daniel Hillels previous, successful books, Introduction to Soil Physics and Fundamentals of Soil Physics. Hillel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, one of the true leaders in the field of environmental sciences. The new version includes a chapter and problems on computational techniques, addresses current environmental concerns and trends. * Updates and expands the scope of Hillel's prior works, Fundamentals of Soil Physics (1980)and Applications of Soil Physics (1980) * Explores the wide range of interactions among the phases in the soil and the dynamic interconnections of the soil with the subterranean and atmospheric domains * Draws attention to historical and contemporary issues concerning the human management of soil and water resources * Directs readers toward solution of practical problems in terrestrial ecology, field-scale hydrology, agronomy, and civil engineering * Incorporates contributions by leading scientists in the areas of spatial variability, soil remediation, and the inclusion of land-surface processes in global climate models

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