Introduction to Environmental Science

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Malcolm Cresser / Lesley Batty / Alistair Boxall / Craig Adams  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
632
Pub.-date
December 2012
ISBN13
9780131789326
ISBN
0131789325
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Description

Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man provides a comprehensive and fully integrated interdisciplinary introduction to our planet, covering the complex interactions between chemistry, physics, biology, geology, hydrology, climatology, social science and environmental policy. Written in a lively and engaging style, it aims to stimulate interest in this dynamic and important area, and facilitate new ways of thinking about how environmental problems should be critically evaluated and solved.

Features

§    All chapters are written by leading specialists in their field, contributing a wealth of expertise and coverage.

§    A wide range of case studies and examples from around the world are provided to demonstrate how knowledge is applied in practice and emphasise the international dimension to environmental issues.

§    ‘Policy Implications’ boxes at the end of each chapter provide clear guidance on the relevance of environmental knowledge and research to policy makers.

§    Numerous questions and exercises included at the end of each chapter reinforce learning and test understanding of key concepts.

§    Learning outcomes and lead-in questions throughout the chapters focus and engage the reader, encouraging reflection and critical thinking.

§    Hundreds of full-colour photographs and diagrams help present key information visually and bring the text to life.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface

About the Authors

Chapter 1:  A trip through time on planet Earth  

Malcolm Cresser & Paul Ayris

Chapter 2:  The global cycling and functions of water

Malcolm Cresser & Paul Ayris

Chapter 3:  The origins of the atmosphere   

Nicola Carslaw

Chapter 4:  The natural carbon cycle  

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 5:  The cycling of nitrogen and selected other elements

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 6:  Ecology and biodiversity on Earth   

Lesley Batty

Chapter 7:  The evolution and functions of soils

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 8:  Climate change

Nicola Carslaw

Chapter 9:  Organic matter in rivers   

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 10:  James Lovelock, Gaia, and beyond

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 11:  Man-made chemicals and the environment   

Alistair Boxall

Chapter 12:  The production of food & its environmental impacts

Malcolm Cresser & Craig Adams

Chapter 13:  Wildlife disease: An emerging problem   

Piran White, Monika Böhm & Michael Hutchings

Chapter 14:  The use and abuse of water cycling  

Malcolm Cresser & Cumhur Aydinalp

Chapter 15: Exploiting the sea for fish   

Julie Hawkins & Callum Roberts

Chapter 16:  Atmospheric pollution: Deposition and impacts   

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 17:  How do we quantify biogeochemical cycles?   

Malcolm Cresser

Chapter 18:  Renewable and non-renewable energy   

Craig Adams

Chapter 19:  Soil pollution and abuse

Malcolm Cresser, Sophie Green & Clare Wilson

Chapter 20:  Risk assessment and remediation of environmental contamination  

Ken Killham & Graeme Paton

Chapter 21:  Pollution swapping  

Keith Goulding

Chapter 22: The trouble with man is…..or “what have you damaged today?”  

Elena Dawkins & Anne Owen

Chapter 23:  The nature and merits of green chemistry   

Andrew Hunt and James Clark

Chapter 24:  Doing environmental science at the right scale  

Dave Raffaelli

Chapter 25: Biodiversity: Trends, significance, conservation and management  

Dave Raffaelli

Back Cover

Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man provides a comprehensive and fully integrated interdisciplinary introduction to our planet, covering the complex interactions between chemistry, physics, biology, geology, hydrology, climatology, social science and environmental policy. Written in a lively and engaging style, it aims to stimulate interest in this dynamic and important area, and facilitate new ways of thinking about how environmental problems should be critically evaluated and solved.

The text presents a detailed study of how environments and systems such as waters, soils and the atmosphere evolved naturally, and also introduces discussion of the scientific processes and research that underpin and inform our knowledge. It then builds on this foundation by investigating human impacts and their potential harmful consequences, such as those of man-made chemicals, food production, and soil and atmospheric pollution, before considering strategies for creating truly sustainable solutions to these problems. Throughout the book readers are encouraged to think critically about research and to question their preconceptions, enabling them to develop the skills, understanding and enthusiasm necessary to become successful environmental scientists and policy makers of the future.

Key features

§    All chapters are written by leading specialists in their field, contributing a wealth of expertise and coverage.

§    A wide range of case studies and examples from around the world are provided to demonstrate how knowledge is applied in practice and emphasise the international dimension to environmental issues.

§    ‘Policy Implications’ boxes at the end of each chapter provide clear guidance on the relevance of environmental knowledge and research to policy makers.

§    Numerous questions and exercises included at the end of each chapter reinforce learning and test understanding of key concepts.

§    Learning outcomes and lead-in questions throughout the chapters focus and engage the reader, encouraging reflection and critical thinking.

§    Hundreds of full-colour photographs and diagrams help present key information visually and bring the text to life.

Introduction to Environmental Science: Earth and Man isan ideal textbook for students of environmental and earth sciences, geography, geology, environmental management and related subjects.

Malcolm Cresser and Alistair Boxall are Professors of Environmental Science at the University of York; Lesley Batty is a Lecturer in Environmental Science at the University of Birmingham; Craig Adams is a Professor and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University.


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