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Demonstrates the use of physics for understanding processes in the environment, combining basic principles with their application to important questions in environmental science. Provides students with an awareness of the physics necessary to analyze, prevent or mitigate environmental problems.
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Discusses experimental and theoretical techniques used to analyze, prevent, or reduce environmental problems, including environmental spectroscopy, the generation of energy for human use, the transport of pollutants, and the study of noise. Appendices detail Gauss, delta, and error functions, vector differentiations, and physical and numerical constants. For advanced undergraduate and graduate students in environmental science and environmental physics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471939313
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Essentials of Environmental Physics 1
1.1 The Economic System 1
1.2 Living in the Greenhouse 3
1.3 Enjoying the Sun 5
1.4 Transport of Matter Energy and Momentum 6
1.5 The Social and Political Context 7
2 Elementary Spectroscopy 11
2.1 Introduction to the Solar Spectrum 11
2.2 Interaction of Light with Matter 16
2.3 Biomolecules Ozone and UV Light 23
3 The Global Climate 31
3.1 The Energy Balance: a Zero-Dimensional Greenhouse Model 31
3.2 Elements of Weather and Climate 43
3.3 Climate Variations and Modelling 55
4 Energy for Human Use 66
4.1 Heat Transfer 66
4.2 Energy from (mainly) Fossil Fuels 78
4.3 The Price of Energy Conversion 115
4.4 Renewable Energy Sources 118
4.5 Nuclear Energy 148
5 Transport of Pollutants 187
5.1 Diffusion 188
5.2 Flow in Rivers 197
5.3 Groundwater Flow 207
5.4 The Equations of Fluid Dynamics 228
5.5 Turbulence 239
5.6 Gaussian Plumes in the Air 248
5.7 Turbulent Jets and Plumes 258
5.8 Particle Physics 270
6 Noise 286
6.1 Basic Acoustics 286
6.2 Human Perceptions and Noise Criteria 304
6.3 Reducing the Transmission of Sound 315
6.4 Active Control of Sound 329
7 Environmental Spectroscopy: Some Examples 340
7.1 Overview of Spectroscopy 340
7.2 Atomic Spectra 348
7.3 Molecular Spectra 350
7.4 Scattering 361
7.5 Spectroscopy of the Inner Electrons of Atoms and Molecules 363
7.6 Spectroscopic Techniques for Analysis of the Environment 369
8 The Context of Society 409
8.1 Risk Estimation 410
8.2 'Energy and Environment' Policy 416
8.3 Averting Catastrophe 423
8.4 Renovating Our Thinking 428
Appendix A Gauss, Delta and Error Functions 436
Appendix B Some Vector Differentiations 438
Appendix C Physical and Numerical Constants 440
Index 442
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