Principles of Environmental Physics

Principles of Environmental Physics, 4th Edition

Plants, Animals, and the Atmosphere

Principles of Environmental Physics, 4th Edition,John Monteith,Mike Unsworth,ISBN9780123869104


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Principles of Environmental Physics provides a basis for understanding the complex physical interactions of plants and animals with their natural environment.

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Key Features

  • Presents a unique synthesis of micrometeorology and ecology in its widest sense
  • Deals quantitatively with the impact of weather on living systems but also with the interactions between organisms and the atmosphere that are a central feature of life on earth
  • Offers numerous worked examples and problems with solutions
  • Provides many examples of laboratory and field measurements and their interpretation
  • Includes an up-to-date bibliography and review of recent micrometeorological applications in forestry, ecology, hydrology, and agriculture


Principles of Environmental Physics: Plants, Animals, and the Atmosphere, 4e, provides a basis for understanding the complex physical interactions of plants and animals with their natural environment. It is the essential reference to provide environmental and ecological scientists and researchers with the physical principles, analytic tools, and data analysis methods they need to solve problems. This book describes the principles by which radiative energy reaches the earth’s surface and reviews the latest knowledge concerning the surface radiation budget. The processes of radiation, convection, conduction, evaporation, and carbon dioxide exchange are analyzed. Many applications of environmental physics principles are reviewed, including the roles of surface albedo and atmospheric aerosols in modifying microclimate and climate, remote sensing of vegetation properties, wind forces on trees and crops, dispersion of pathogens and aerosols, controls of evaporation from vegetation and soil (including implications of changing weather and climate), and interpretation of micrometeorological measurements of carbon dioxide and other trace gas fluxes.


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in university departments of physics, atmospheric sciences, biological and environmental sciences, research scientists in agriculture, forestry, hydrology and ecology in academia, government research and industry, natural resource managers, environmental consultants and advisers in non-governmental organizations.

John Monteith

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Environmental Physics, University of Nottingham, UK

Mike Unsworth

Affiliations and Expertise

Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA

Principles of Environmental Physics, 4th Edition

Preface to 4th Edition
Preface to 3rd Edition
Chapter 1: The Scope of Environmental Physics
Chapter 2: Properties of Gases and Liquids
Chapter 3: Transport of Heat, Mass, and Momentum
Chapter 4: Transport of Radiant Energy
Chapter 5: Radiation Environment
Chapter 6: Microclimatology of Radiation (i) Radiative Properties of Natural Materials
Chapter 7: Microclimatology of Radiation (ii) Radiation Interception by Solid Structures
Chapter 8: Microclimatology of radiation (iii) Interception by Plant Canopies and Animal Coats
Chapter 9: Momentum Transfer
Chapter 10: Heat Transfer
Chapter 11: Mass Transfer (i) Gases and Water Vapor
Chapter 12: Mass Transfer (ii) Particles
Chapter 13: Steady State Heat Balance (i) Water Surfaces, Soil and Vegetation
Chapter 14: Steady State Heat Balance (ii) Animals
Chapter 15: Transient Heat Balance
Chapter 16: Micrometeorology (i) Turbulent Transfer, Profiles and Fluxes
Chapter 17: Micrometeorology (ii) Interpretation of Flux Measurements
Solutions to Selected Problems

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"This compact overview of environmental physics…serves as an excellent introduction to the subject. Its pioneering approach to the application of physics to the study and analysis of biological processes is still unsurpassed...The range of subjects covered is wide…and the new edition reorganizes and updates core material and improves on presentation...Rigorous but accessible, this is a wonderful text, and contains an extensive bibliography and a list of references."--ProtoView.com, January 2014

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