Environmental Soil Physics

1st Edition

Fundamentals, Applications, and Environmental Considerations

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  • Daniel Hillel
  • Environmental Soil Physics

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    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.

    Key Features

    * 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

    Readership

    Researchers of soil physics, including environmentalists, physicists, irrigation specialists, libraries, and bookstores.

    Table of Contents

    Basic Relationships: General Physical Characteristics of Soils. Properties of Water in Relation to Porous Media. The Solid Phase: Particle Sizes and Specific Surface. Nature and Behavior of Clay. Soil Structure and Aggregation. The Liquid Phase: Content and Potential of Soil Water. Flow of Water in Saturated Soil. Flow of Water in Unsaturated Soil. Movement of Solutes and Soil Salinity. The Gaseous Phase: Content and Composition of Soil Air. Movement and Exchange of Gases in the Soil Composite Phenomena: Soil Temperature and Heat Flow. Soil Dynamics: Stress, Strain, and Strength. The Field Water Cycle: Entry of Water into Soil. Surface Runoff and Water Erosion. Redistribution of Water in Soil. Groundwater Drainage and Pollution. Evaporation From Bare Soil and Wind Erosion. Soil-Plant-Water Relations: Uptake of Soil Moisture by Plants. Water Balance and Energy Balance in The Field. Irrigation and Water-Use Efficiency. Appendices: Spatial Variability. Applications of Soil Physics to Remediation of Hazardous Waste Sites. Representing the Land Surface in Global Climate Models. Bibliography. Index.

    Details

    No. of pages:
    771
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 1998
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Academic Press
    Print ISBN:
    9780123485250
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780080544151

    About the author

    Daniel Hillel

    Born in California and raised in Israel, Dr. Daniel Hillel acquired an early and lifelong love of the land and a commitment to understanding and protecting the natural environment. Through decades of work in some thirty countries, he has become an international authority on sustainable management of land and water resources. Dr. Hillel has served as professor of soil physics, hydrology and the environmental sciences at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations. Among the honors he has received are the Chancellor's Medal for Exemplary Service at the University of Massachusetts , a Guggenheim award, and Doctorates of Science honoris causa by Guelph University of Canada and Ohio State University . Dr. Hillel is an elected Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy and was granted the Distinguished Service Award by the latter societies. He has published well over 300 scientific papers and research reports, and authored or edited twenty two books. His definitive textbooks on environmental physics have been use by universities and research institutions throughout the world and have been translated into twelve languages.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

    Reviews

    "...This text would make a valuable reference book for anyone working with soils in an environment context. The undertaking of this book by the author greatly serves a new age of environmental soil scientist. Environmental awareness is at its highest level ever and it is nice to have a leading scientist in his field cater to pertinent issues. This is a fine example of traditional subject matter being modernized to address current and relevant global issues." @source:--JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY @qu:"Hillel offers an authoritative account of the physical properties of soil and its role in both natural and managed ecosystems." @source:--CHOICE