Geography and environmental sciences round-up

February 26, 2009

The Essential Earth

Authors: Thomas H. Jordan and John Grotzinger

Edition: First

Publisher: W. H. Freeman

Pages: 384

Price: £39.99

ISBN 9781429204293

This introduction to the basics of geology emphasises the process of science, aiming to make students aware of the physical world, as well as how scientists explore it. It discusses what we need to do to both protect ourselves from it (hazards) as well as protect the world from us (global change).

Earth System History

Author: Steven M. Stanley

Edition: Third

Publisher: W. H. Freeman

Pages: 608

Price: £46.99

ISBN 9781429205207

Stanley aims to show how Earth's ecosystem has developed over time, and how events in the past can help us deal with present and future changes. Key themes and concepts are examined and a range of examples are given to demonstrate real-world examples of Earth system history in action.

A Primer of Ecology

Author: Nicholas J. Gotelli

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Sinauer Associates

Pages: 291

Price: £30.99

ISBN 9780878933181

Gotelli presents a concise but detailed exposition of the common mathematical models in population and community ecology. It is intended to demystify ecological models and the mathematics behind them by deriving the models from first principles.

A Primer of Conservation Biology

Author: Richard B. Primack

Edition: Fourth

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 300

Price: £30.99

ISBN 9780878936922

Up-to-date coverage of key topics in conservation biology are provided here, including sustainable development, global warming and strategies to save species on the verge of extinction. Primack offers examples of successful conservation approaches, makes suggestions for a future agenda, and provides links to other disciplines.

How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography

Author: Mark Denny

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 344

Price: £59.95 and £32.50

ISBN 9780691126463 and 6470

Focusing each chapter on a major topic and carefully explaining the principles and theory involved, Denny aims to give students the conceptual building blocks needed to develop a coherent picture of the living ocean. The book is suitable for undergraduate students.

Energy, Environment and Climate

Author: Richard Wolfson

Edition: First

Publisher: W. W. Norton

Pages: 532

Price: £33.99

ISBN 97803939634

Wolfson outlines basic science concepts as well as specific contemporary applications in energy production and their environmental consequences. The book is structured on the premise that climate change is the dominant energy-related environmental issue of the 21st century.

Green Roofs: In Sustainable Landscape Design

Author: Steven L. Cantor

Edition: First

Publisher: W. W. Norton

Pages: 320

Price: £40.00

ISBN 9780393731682

This book provides an in-depth view of design and technology approaches, assesses the resulting impact on the built environment and shows how they can be integrated into contemporary buildings as well as existing structures. Some 60 case studies illustrate specific applications and seek to offer inspiring models.

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