Human Physiology in Extreme Environments

Human Physiology in Extreme Environments

2nd Edition - October 18, 2020

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  • Author: Hanns-Christian Gunga
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159422
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159439

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Human Physiology in Extreme Environments, Second Edition, offers evidence on how human biology and physiology is affected by extreme environments, also highlighting technological innovations that allow us to adapt and regulate environments. Covering a broad range of extreme environments, including high altitude, underwater, tropical climates, desert climates, arctic climates and space travel, the book also includes case studies that can be used to illustrate practical application. Graduate students, medical students and researchers will find this to be an interesting, informative and useful resource for human physiology, environmental physiology and medical studies.

Key Features

  • Includes coverage of current global challenges and their consequences on human physiology and performance
  • Presents human physiological challenges in extreme environments
  • Provides an excellent source of information on paleontological and anthropological aspects
  • Offers practical medical and scientific uses of current concepts


Researchers of human physiology and environmental physiology, physiologists, practicing physicians with an interest in biology and medicine in extreme environments

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Methodology
    3. Exercise Physiology
    4. Pressure Environment
    5. Desert and Tropical Environment
    6. Cold Environments
    7. Space

Product details

  • No. of pages: 374
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128159422
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128159439

About the Author

Hanns-Christian Gunga

Dr. Gunga has been working in the field of integrated research on humans in extreme environments for more than 25 years. He has garnered financial support from the German Government (BMBF/BMWI/DLR) and established public private partnerships with the Center of Space Medicine and Extreme Environments at the Charité University Medicine Berlin. As a PI, he has conducted several national and international research studies in different laboratories and under field conditions around the world and in space. (e.g. MIR, Shuttle, International Space Station). His team combines scientific research at the academic forefront in different extreme environments with teaching duties at one of the largest medical clinics in Europe. In addition, he has been invited to give lecture courses on human in extreme environments at the Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an (China) in the frame of the ‘High End Foreign Expert Program’ of the Chinese Government from 2012-2016 and recently renewed this contract for an additional three years (2017-2019). Furthermore, in October 2016 he was invited by the Universidad de Antofagasta to give an internet-based lecture, which was officially announced in the frame of the ‘Latin American Network of High Altitude Medicine and Physiology.’ The Chilean Government and the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD, Bonn) financed this guest professorship. In April 2017, the guest professorship was renewed and will be conducted in October and November this year, again at the University Antofagasta.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Center for Space Medicine & Extreme Environments, Institute of Physiology, Institute of Physiology, Charite´ University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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