Environmental science is an interdisciplinary discipline that integrates physical, biological, and geographical sciences (ecology, chemistry, botany, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, hydrospheric studies, soil science, geology, physical geography, atmospheric science, etc.) to study the environment and solve environmental problems. Environmental science emerged from the fields of natural history and medicine during the Age of Enlightenment. Today, environmental science offers an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.
Environmental studies incorporates more of the social sciences to understand human relationships, perceptions, and policies toward the environment. Environmental engineering focuses on design and technology to improve the quality of the environment in all its aspects.
About the Book
Fundamentals of Environmental Science is an engaging introduction to environmental studies. This book provides an essential understanding of the natural environment and its functions for all who study and care about the environment. Covering all areas of environmental science, the book provides concise, jargon-free explanations of physical processes and systems and the effects of human activities.
This second edition clearly explains the scientific background of major environmental issues. These include global warming, genetically modified foods, desertification, acid rain, deforestation, population growth, resource depletion, and nuclear power. There is also a description of the ten major life groups. Michael Araby is the author of more than 60 books, most of them on various aspects of environmental science. He has also edited or co-edited seven scientific dictionaries and an anthology of environmental writings.
Fundamentals of Environmental Science introduces most of the topics included under the general heading of “Environmental Science.” In this text, these topics are divided into six chapters: Introduction, Earth Science, Physical Resources, Biosphere, Biological Resources, and Environmental Management. Within these chapters, individual topics are described in short sections. There are 62 of these sections in total, numbered in order. All are listed on the Table of Contents page.
You can read any chapter of interest anywhere. Each is self-contained. However, duplication cannot be avoided. That is, you may find technical terms that are not fully explained in a given section.