Encyclopedia of Environmental Sciences

Front Cover
David E. Alexander, Rhodes Whitmore Fairbridge
Springer Science & Business Media, 1999 - Nature - 741 pages
2 Reviews
A strongly interdisciplinary and wide-ranging survey of the environment of life on Earth: the most authoritative and comprehensive source on environmental science to be collected together in a single volume. Unique in presenting both a basic overview and detailed information on environmental topics. Entries are arranged in an encyclopedic A-Z format and contain extensive cross-references to related entries, as well as references to primary and secondary literature. Over 370 separate entries prepared by 228 leading experts from 25 countries. Incorporates 25 substantial in-depth treatments of key areas and also includes biographies of leading scientists and environmentalists. Contains a comprehensive subject index and a citation index of all referenced authors. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary reference work, which crosses many fields of interest and includes a wide variety of scholarly and authoritative articles on mankind's environment. It provides information on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere and is careful to focus on the connections between these realms and the Earth as a whole. Taken as a whole, the Encyclopedia surveys basic environmental science and applied areas of study, and is drawn from the physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences. The 228 authors from 25 different countries, many of whom are the leading authorities in their field, include biologists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, political scientists, soil scientists, hydrologists, climatologists, and representatives of many other disciplines and academic specialties. The work, which is amply referenced and cross-referenced, consists of substantial essays on major topics, medium-sized entries and short definitional entries. The shorter entries include useful biographies of leading scientists and environmentalists. The Encyclopedia will be invaluable to all readers interested in the environment of life on Earth, its past, present and future, and its physical and social dimensions. The text provides a source of well-classified basic information as well as covering the leading theories and important debates in the environmental sciences. In addition, the book also includes assessments of the future prospects for the Earth's environment in the face of pollution, population increases and the accelerating transformation of land, air, water and vegetational systems. The Encyclopedia is unique in presenting both a basic overview and detailed information on environmental topics and is suitable for the general scientific reader and the specialized environmental scientist in academic institutions, research laboratories or private practice.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Stephen A Norton
5
H Berend Tirion
12
Mattson
18
Biocentrism Anthropocentrism Technocentrism
27
M yrold
40
David E Alexander
44
David E Alexander
50
Michael G Chaparian
57
Oceanography
450
176
456
Teresa Hernandez
462
Mary Downes Gastricz
468
French
476
110
490
Lawrence Lundgren
495
478
508

Mannion
64
Myrold
70
David E Alexander
77
22
90
27
97
Dams and their Reservoirs
110
29
112
Ferdinando Villa
116
Semiarid Climates and Terrain
139
78
150
33
158
119
172
Environmental Perception
195
Ervin H Zube
216
Timney
222
86
229
Aristeo Renzoni and Eros Bacci
235
Robert N Coats
241
Silvia ManzanilIaNaim and Luis A BojorquezTapia
249
88
250
Ursula Gaedke and Dietmar Straile
258
90
264
Shrestha
266
95
270
97
298
99
338
Ice Ages
340
Stephen Trudgill
352
Malthus Thomas Robert 17661834
396
101
400
Robert J Earirkson
402
George R Rumne
408
102
414
Olav Slaymaker
416
David E Alexander
424
Timothy Beatley
434
107
446
175
448
Sahel
532
Steven Dutch
546
434
557
Leonard J Lane and Mary H Nichols
558
268
562
Soil Biology and Ecology
564
Gerald G Garland
570
Solar Energy
576
Sunspots Environmental Influence
586
Richard Saunier
592
440
624
Underground Storage and Disposal of Nuclear Waste
635
112
637
269
657
Rhodes W Fairbridge
662
Environmental Effects
668
Martin B Hocking
674
James A Perry
682
346
687
David E Alexander
690
113
706
Xerophyte
708
270
716
177
717
115
718
518
719
192
726
463
727
597
731
197
732
465
733
693
734
640
737
280
738
388
739
706
740
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1999)

VICTORIA ALEXANDER is the co-founder of After Suicide, an organization that offers support groups, consultation, and counseling for survivors. She is on the staff of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Fairbridge, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Columbia University, and NASA - Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA.

Bibliographic information