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Principles of Environmental Physics


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Principles of Environmental Physics provides a basis for understanding the complex physical interactions of plants and animals with their natural environment.

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1. The Scope of Environmental Physics 2. Properties of Gases and Liquids 3. Transport of Heat, Mass, and Momentum 4. Transport of Radiant Energy 5. Radiation Environment 6. Microclimatology of Radiation (i) Radiative Properties of Natural Materials 7. Microclimatology of Radiation (ii) Radiation Interception by Solid Structures 8. Microclimatology of radiation (iii) Interception by Plant Canopies and Animal Coats 9. Momentum Transfer 10. Heat Transfer 11. Mass Transfer (i) Gases and Water Vapor 12. Mass Transfer (ii) Particles 13. Steady State Heat Balance (i) Water Surfaces, Soil and Vegetation 14. Steady State Heat Balance (ii) Animals 15. Transient Heat Balance 16. Micrometeorology (i) Turbulent Transfer, Profiles and Fluxes 17. Micrometeorology (ii) Interpretation of Flux Measurements

About the Author

Michael Unsworth is Professor Emeritus of Physics of Oceans and Atmospheres at Oregon State University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Before his tenure at Oregon State University, he was Professor and ultimately Dean of the Faulty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at Nottingham University. He has also served as Head of Station and the NERC Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Edinburgh Research Station and Director at the Center for Analysis of Environmental Change. His work specializes in environmental physics, microclimatology, and agricultural and forest meteorology. He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books on these topics over his prolific career of more than 50 years.


"This compact overview of environmental physics...serves as an excellent introduction to the subject. Its pioneering approach to the application of physics to the study and analysis of biological processes is still unsurpassed...The range of subjects covered is wide...and the new edition reorganizes and updates core material and improves on presentation...Rigorous but accessible, this is a wonderful text, and contains an extensive bibliography and a list of references."--ProtoView.com, January 2014

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