General Energetics: Energy in the Biosphere and Civilization

General Energetics: Energy in the Biosphere and Civilization front cover

Publisher:
Wiley-Interscience (1991-01-25)

ISBN-10:
0471629057

ISBN-13:
9780471629054

Hardcover, 369 pages

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Presented here for the first time is a comprehensive, single-volume treatment of all the important aspects of biospheric civilizational energetics. The author uses measurements of energy and power densities and intensities throughout to provide an integrated framework of analysis. All segments of energetics are examined, including planetary energetics (solar radiation and geomorphic processes) and bioenergetics (photosynthesis) to human energetics (metabolism and thermoregulation) traced from hunting-gathering and agricultural societies through modern day industrial civilization. Concludes with general patterns, trends and socio-economic considerations of energy use today plus their impact on the environment.