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An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds

An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds


  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521536790

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  • This introductory 2004 textbook describes the nature of the Earth's environment and its physical processes so as to highlight environmental concerns arising from human use and misuse of soil and water resources. The author provides a thorough introduction to the basic issues regarding the sustainable, productive use of land resources that is vital in maintaining healthy rivers and good groundwater qualities. He develops a quantitative approach to studying these growing environmental concerns in a way that does not require prior knowledge of the physical sciences or calculus. The straightforward writing style, lack of prerequisite knowledge and copious illustrations make this textbook suitable for introductory university courses, as well as being a useful primer for research and management staff in environmental and resources management organisations. Each chapter ends with a set of student exercises for which solutions are available from

    • Assumes no prior knowledge of physics or the calculus, but deals quantitatively with physical processes in the Earth's environment
    • Extends knowledge of soil and water processes to the scale of practical environmental management
    • Contains large numbers of practical examples, illustrations, and exercises with fully worked solutions provided on the internet
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    'If you are new to the subject, want to learn of environmental physics from first principles and prepare yourself for more advanced texts and for the real world then get this book. If you teach newcomers then you might like to recommend it to them.' European Journal of Soil Science

    'An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds provides a very attractive blend of introductory environmental science and environmental engineering, practical environmental problems and academic rigour … the examples and exercises greatly enhance the book's value for undergraduate teaching in environmental science and environmental engineering. The book also has clear and informative illustrations and the captions to the figures are generally self-explanatory … I have read this book with a great deal of interest: I have used it successfully in recent months in an undergraduate environmental engineering course dealing with landsurface processes. I have no doubt that it will be used widely by students, educators, environmental scientists/engineers and agronomists. Calvin Rose is to be congratulated on this valuable new book.' Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

    'Subject content within the book provides a breadth of material that is well suited to most environmental scientists, and is accessible for students with a limited quantitative background. Rose presents a well-written text …'. Hydrological Processes

    'Dr Rose explains the theory in self-contained chapters with practical examples and he uses many attractive figures to illustrate and summarize the most important results. The reader does not need advanced calculus or physics to understand the book … It is also highly recommended for farmers and technical staff in environmental and resource management organizations who have the task to put the idea of sustainable land use into practice … an introductory text that is enjoyable to read. It provides the necessary physical basis to discuss how we can develop sustainable use of our land and water resources.' Markus Deurer, WISPAS

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    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521536790
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 172 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 220 b/w illus. 17 tables 83 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Environmental systems of rock, soil and earth energy exchanges
    2. Soil and soil strength
    3. The behaviour of liquids
    4. Soil, water and watersheds
    5. Evotranspiration and energy exchange at the earth surface
    6. Infiltration at the field scale
    7. Surface hydrology of watersheds
    8. Water erosion and deposition
    9. Watersheds and rivers
    10. Water movement through the groundwater zone
    11. Water movement through the unsaturated zone
    12. Salinity and contaminant transport
    Appendix table A

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    Calvin W. Rose, Griffith University, Queensland
    Calvin Rose is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Griffith University, Queensland.

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