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Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology
     

Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology

by Andrew Porteous
 

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Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject dealing with all aspects of understanding the environment. It includes elements of biology, ecology, chemistry, geography, geology, engineering, economics, politics, and sociology. The latest edition of this valuable dictionary combines all these elements to provide an up-to-date coverage of the scientific and

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Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject dealing with all aspects of understanding the environment. It includes elements of biology, ecology, chemistry, geography, geology, engineering, economics, politics, and sociology. The latest edition of this valuable dictionary combines all these elements to provide an up-to-date coverage of the scientific and technical terminology associated with environmental protection and resource management.

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Four thousand entries with cross-referencing and occasional illustrations contribute to literacy in ecology, that science at the intersections not only of plants, animals, and elements, but at the crossroads of cultural pursuits such as chemistry, economics, engineering, politics, and sociology. While this dictionary makes a respectable attempt to cover all this ground, the reference work is best suited for the scientist, for the simple reason that technical information abounds. For example, in the long definition for there is this: "1988 figures for dioxin emissions from Swedish incineration plants (measured as TCDD equivalents) showed 0.5-2 ng/m3 of dry flue gas," such a quote being more the norm than the exception. The volume comes from a British perspective as can be seen in the appendix of environmental organizations, the majority in the UK, and such definitions as that of (HMIP), the British version of EPA (not included). Porteous is Professor of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technology at the Open University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"It is forecast to continue as an indispensable reference." (Pollution, September 2000)

"...is the literary equivalent of a brain transplant." (Environment Business, November 2000)

"I shall certainly add it to the reference books I have on my desk ..." (Ecotoxicology, 2001)

"this is a good buy." (The Holocene, Vol 11/3, 2001)

"The items are easy and pleasant to read" (International Jnl of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol.80 No.298, 2001)

"extremely useful and excellent value for money" (Int. Jnl. of Environmental Studies, Vol.58, 2001)

"...Porteous' book will contribute to better understanding and protection of world's environment..." (Photosynthetica, Vol.40, No.2, 2002)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471633761
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
732
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.67(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Porteous has now retired from the Open University where, in 1975, he founded the Environmental Engineering Programme. He has published numerous books and papers and still maintains a high profile within the fields of  Waste Management, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering furthering his lifelong mission of practical resource conversation.

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