Environmental Science: Physical Principles and Applications

Egbert Boeker

ISBN: 9788126537037

380 pages

Exclusively distributed by Ane Books 

INR 2495


Comprehensively covering the field, this book brings together the latest developments, theories, research and concerns, from both the scientific and social sides. Placing the environment firmly at the centre of the scientific agenda, it provides all the background needed by readers to fully understand this important and often 'hype-driven' subject. Whilst mathematics is introduced where necessary, it is carefully explained and kept simple, with derivations generally being avoided. Wherever possible, topics of current concern and relevance are included, and many examples, features and appetisers or mini-case studies are included, frequently drawn from publications such as New Scientist, Nature, Science, Physics Today and Scientific American. The book starts with a general overview of the subject, and then moves on to cover climate, energy, pollutants, noise, measurements and social aspects.


1. Introduction: A Physical Approach to Environmental Problems
What are Environmental Problems -
The Economic and Social Context
Sunlight and the Solar Spectrum
The Greenhouse Effect
Transport of Pollutants
The Carbon Cycle

2. Weather and Climate
Energy Transport
The Atmsophere, Vertical Structure and Motion
Horizontal Motion of Air
The Oceans

3. Climate Change
Natural Changes of Climate
Human induced changes
Consequences of Climate Change
Reactions to Climate Change

4. Conventional Energy
Physics of Heat
Heat and Power: Thermodynamics
Converting Heat into Power: Problems and 'Solutions'

5. Carbonfree Energies
Renewable energies
Nuclear Power

6. Making up the Balance
Greenhouse Gases, Pollution and Resources
Defining the task

7. Transport of Pollutants
Basic Concepts
Dispersion in the Air
Dispersion in Surface Waters
Dispersion by Groundwater

8. Noise
Physics of Sound
Human hearing
Reducing Sound Levels

9. Environmental Spectroscopy
Basic Spectrospcopy
The Solar Spectrum at Ground Level
Experimental Techniques in Environmental Spectroscopy
Solar UV, Ozone and Life

10. Geophysical Methods
Radioactive Clocks
Isotope Ratios as Environmental Sensors
Magnetic Surveys
Seismic Probing

11. Science and Society
Finite Resources of Energy
Pollution and Health Effects
Environmental Policy
Thinijhng about the Environment and Human Life
The Responsibility of the Scientist