Earth Systems: Processes and Issues
Earth Systems: Processes and Issues is the ideal textbook for introductory courses in earth systems science and environmental science. Integrating the principles of the natural sciences, engineering, and economics as they pertain to the global environment, it explains the complex couplings and feedback mechanisms linking the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. An impressive group of internationally respected researchers and lecturers have brought together a vast wealth of teaching experience to produce this fully integrated environmental textbook. It has been designed for the wide range of courses at the first-year university level which touch upon environmental issues: in earth and atmospheric science, environmental science, biological science, oceanography, geography, civil engineering, and social science. Each chapter includes a reading list of the most important references, and problem sets will encourage students to explore the subject further. This text will favorably influence the future development of environmental studies and earth system science.
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Why Study Earth Systems Science?
Geologic Biologic and Political
The Earths Place in the Solar System
Earth Materials and the Internal Constitution of the Planet
Drifting Continents Seafloor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
The Surface of the Earth
Interface between the Geosphere
The Jasper Ridge
Possible Consequences of Rapid Global Change
Population and the Environment
Assets and Liabilities
Energy Resources and the Environment
Prediction and Risk
Steps from Environmental Science to Effective Policy
Global Effects of Local Changes
AtmosphereOcean Coupling and Surface Circulation of the Ocean
Atmosphere Composition Mixing and Ozone Destruction
Atmosphere Motions and the Greenhouse Effect
Can We Forecast Climate Future without Knowing Climate Past?
Result of Speciation and Extinction
Carbon Sulfur and Nitrogen
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