Consider a Spherical Cow: A Course in Environmental Problem Solving
This innovative compendium offers a variety of techniques for approaching contemporary environmental problems.
This innovative compendium offers a variety of techniques for approaching contemporary environmental problems. Challenging, real-world situations and worked-out solutions provide the means both for gaining insights into the process of problem solving and for thinking quantitatively and creatively about such environmental concerns as energy and water resources, food production, indoor air pollution, acid rain, and human influences on climate.
Translated into Japanese.
Table of Contents
1. Warm-Up Exercises
2. Tools of the Trade
A. Steady-State Box Models and Residence Times
B. Thermodynamics and Energy Transfer
C. Chemical Reactions and Equilibria
D. Non-Steady-State Box Models
3. A. Biogeochemistry
C. Survival of Populations
Appendix: Useful Numbers
Answers to Exercises; Index
“Spherical Cow is an excellent guide to the very important art of quickly finding approximate answers to problems such as “what was the pH of rainfall before the Industrial Revolution?” This book illustrates step-by-step how to solve dozens of problems of this type.”
-Journal of Chemical Information & Computational Science
“This book should be read and used by all students of environmental studies, and should be an important acquisition for any research, teaching, or general academic library.”