This week, our Resource List of the Week focuses on Environmental Sciences. Before starting, let’s give a definition of this topic.
What are Environmental Sciences?
According to the ThoughtCo, Environmental Sciences can be defined as…
“the study of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of nature.”
To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.
1. Ocean Circulation and Climate – Gerold, S and Church, J.
This title contains all the knowledge we currently have on ocean circulation. Firstly, it presents an up-to-date summary of the role they have, in the physical climate system. Secondly, it is structured to guide the reader through a wide range of information that is in this field. Thirdly, it cross-references between contributors that have been added, and the book has a comprehensive index and unified reference list. Finally, it is simple to read and was written by some of the best scientists in the field.
2. Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and its Transformations – Bicker, A, Ellen, R and Parkes, P.
This title is the first critical examination of the uses and misuses of indigenous knowledge. Firstly, the contributors focus on a series of interrelated issues in their investigation of indigenous knowledge and its specific applications within academic research. Furthermore, they explore the problems of translation and mistranslation in the transference of traditional practices and representations of a certain culture.
3. River Mechanics – Julien, P.
This book presents an analysis of rivers, from mountain streams to river estuaries. Firstly, it is rooted in fundamental principles to promote sound engineering practice. Secondly, state-of-the-art methods are presented to underline theory, engineering applications and blend the dual concepts of water conveyance and sediment transport. Furthermore, it contains ample details on river equilibrium, river dynamics, bank stabilization, and river engineering.
4. Climate Change – Fletcher, C.
This title introduces the fundamental concepts of climate change and reveals the extent of the damage caused by it. Firstly, it delves into the impacts felt around the globe and, the innovation and leadership it will take to bring meaningful change to the current situation. Secondly, Emphasizing peer-reviewed literature, this text details the impact of climate change on land and sea, the water cycle, human communities, and the weather. Furthermore, it discusses coverage of greenhouse gases, oceanic and atmospheric processes, and Holocene paleoclimate, sea levels, and other fundamental topics.
5. Geology and Landscape Evolution – DiPietro, J.
This book balances interdisciplinary theory and application within physical geography, geology, geomorphology and climatology. Furthermore, it provides an explanation of how landscape forms, how it evolves and why it looks the way it does. Finally, throughout the text, it provides additional figures, maps, drawings and photographs to help illustrate each subject.
Greenwood Education was set up by a group of Science teachers with backgrounds in Environmental Science, Biology and Geography. This website provides an educational resource for students and staff that have an interest in the topic.
This academic paper is a non-technical introduction to the study of Environmental Studies. It looks at the breadth of environmental sciences and each topic is presented within an interdisciplinary, environmental context. Furthermore, it explains how landscapes are formed and changed, what produces the world’s climates, and how living organisms are affected by the change and how they adapt to their environments.
8. Intro to Environmental Science – edX
This informative video by edX, gives a brief overview of Environmental Sciences. It discusses how it is the scientific study of the natural world and how it is influenced by people.