Principles of Environmental Physics: Plants, Animals, And The Atmosphere by John Monteith

Principles of Environmental Physics: Plants, Animals, And The Atmosphere

byJohn Monteith, Mike UnsworthEditorJohn Monteith

Hardcover | September 26, 2013

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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.

  • Presents a unique synthesis of micrometeorology and ecology in its widest sense
  • Deals quantitatively with the impact of weather on living systems but also with the interactions between organisms and the atmosphere that are a central feature of life on earth
  • Offers numerous worked examples and problems with solutions
  • Provides many examples of laboratory and field measurements and their interpretation
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography and review of recent micrometeorological applications in forestry, ecology, hydrology, and agriculture

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Title:Principles of Environmental Physics: Plants, Animals, And The AtmosphereFormat:HardcoverDimensions:422 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 26, 2013Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0123869102

ISBN - 13:9780123869104

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Table of Contents

Preface to 4thEdition Preface to 3rdEdition Acknowledgements Symbols 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 References Bibliography Appendix Solutions to Selected Problems Index

Editorial Reviews

"This compact overview of environmental physics.serves as an excellent introduction to the subject. Its pioneering approach to the application of physics to the study and analysis of biological processes is still unsurpassed...The range of subjects covered is wide.and the new edition reorganizes and updates core material and improves on presentation...Rigorous but accessible, this is a wonderful text, and contains an extensive bibliography and a list of references.", January 2014