Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Production of Entropy: Life, Earth, and Beyond / Edition 1

Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Production of Entropy: Life, Earth, and Beyond / Edition 1

by Axel Kleidon
     
 

The present volume studies the application of concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to a variety of research topics. Emphasis is on the Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle and applications to Geosphere-Biosphere couplings. Written by leading researchers form a wide range of background, the book proposed to give a first coherent account of an emerging

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The present volume studies the application of concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to a variety of research topics. Emphasis is on the Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle and applications to Geosphere-Biosphere couplings. Written by leading researchers form a wide range of background, the book proposed to give a first coherent account of an emerging field at the interface of thermodynamics, geophysics and life sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540224952
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
12/22/2004
Series:
Understanding Complex Systems Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
0.75(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Entropy Production by Earth System Processes.- Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics in an Energy-Rich Universe.- Stumbling Into the MEP Racket: An Historical Perspective.- Maximum Entropy Production and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics.- Using Ecology to Quantify Organization in Fluid Flows.- Cosmological and Biological Reproducibility: Limits on the Maximum Entropy Production Principle.- Entropy Production in Turbulent Mixing.- Entropy Production of Atmospheric Heat Transport.- Water Vapor and Entropy Production in the Earth's Atmosphere.- Thermodynamics of the Ocean Circulation: A Global Perspective on the Ocean System and Living Systems.- Entropy and the Shaping of the Landscape by Water.- Entropy Production in the Planetary Context.- The Free-Energy Transduction and Entropy Production in Initial Photosynthetic Reactions.- Biotic Entropy Production and Global Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions.- Coupled Evolution of Earth's Atmosphere and Biosphere.- Temperature, Biogenesis and Biospheric Self-Organization.- Entropy and Gaia: Is there a Link Between MEP and Self-Regulation in the Climate System?- Insights from Thermodynamics for the Analysis of Economic Processes.

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