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Principles of Environmental Physics

Plants, Animals, and the Atmosphere

Principles of Environmental Physics: Plants, Animals, and the Atmosphere, 4e, provides a basis for understanding the complex physical interactions of plants and animals with their natural environment. It is the essential reference to provide environmental and ecological scientists and researchers with the physical principles, analytic tools, and data analysis methods they need to solve problems. This book describes the principles by which radiative energy reaches the earth’s surface and reviews the latest knowledge concerning the surface radiation budget. The processes of radiation, convection, conduction, evaporation, and carbon dioxide exchange are analyzed. Many applications of environmental physics principles are reviewed, including the roles of surface albedo and atmospheric aerosols in modifying microclimate and climate, remote sensing of vegetation properties, wind forces on trees and crops, dispersion of pathogens and aerosols, controls of evaporation from vegetation and soil (including implications of changing weather and climate), and interpretation of micrometeorological measurements of carbon dioxide and other trace gas fluxes.

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in university departments of physics, atmospheric sciences, biological and environmental sciences, research scientists in agriculture, forestry, hydrology and ecology in academia, government research and industry, natural resource managers, environmental consultants and advisers in non-governmental organizations.

Hardbound, 422 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-386910-4


  • Preface to 4th Edition
    Preface to 3rd Edition
    Chapter 1: The Scope of Environmental Physics
    Chapter 2: Properties of Gases and Liquids
    Chapter 3: Transport of Heat, Mass, and Momentum
    Chapter 4: Transport of Radiant Energy
    Chapter 5: Radiation Environment
    Chapter 6: Microclimatology of Radiation (i) Radiative Properties of Natural Materials
    Chapter 7: Microclimatology of Radiation (ii) Radiation Interception by Solid Structures
    Chapter 8: Microclimatology of radiation (iii) Interception by Plant Canopies and Animal Coats
    Chapter 9: Momentum Transfer
    Chapter 10: Heat Transfer
    Chapter 11: Mass Transfer (i) Gases and Water Vapor
    Chapter 12: Mass Transfer (ii) Particles
    Chapter 13: Steady State Heat Balance (i) Water Surfaces, Soil and Vegetation
    Chapter 14: Steady State Heat Balance (ii) Animals
    Chapter 15: Transient Heat Balance
    Chapter 16: Micrometeorology (i) Turbulent Transfer, Profiles and Fluxes
    Chapter 17: Micrometeorology (ii) Interpretation of Flux Measurements
    Solutions to Selected Problems


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