About the book


From the back cover.  Thermodynamics sets fundamental laws for all physical processes and is central to driving and maintaining planetary dynamics. But how do Earth system processes perform work, where do they derive energy from, and what are the limits?

This accessible book describes how the laws of thermodynamics apply to Earth system processes, from solar radiation to motion, geochemical cycling and biotic activity. It presents a novel view of the thermodynamic Earth system explaining how it functions and evolves, how different forms of disequilibrium are being maintained, and how evolutionary trends
can be interpreted as thermodynamic trends. It also offers an original perspective on human activity, formulating this in terms of a thermodynamic, Earth system process.

This book uses simple conceptual models and basic mathematical treatments to illustrate the application of thermodynamics to Earth system processes, making it ideal for researchers and graduate students across a range of Earth and environmental science disciplines.

Details. The book is published by Cambridge University Press and planned for release in February 2016.

  • ISBN: 9781107029941
  • 82 b/w illustrations
  • 13 tables
  • about 400 pages

Book’s web page at Cambridge University Press.

Table of contents.  The book includes a preface, list of symbols, glossary, references and index and the following 12 chapters:

  1. Thermodynamics and the Earth system
  2. Energy and entropy
  3. The first and second law of thermodynamics
  4. Thermodynamic limits
  5. Dynamics, structures, and maximization
  6. Radiation
  7. Motion
  8. Hydrologic cycling
  9. Geochemical cycling
  10. Land
  11. Human activity
  12. The thermodynamic Earth system