This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  



This term refers to ways in which humans appreciate the beautiful in the world through their senses. Although aesthetics most frequently focuses on works of art, and is studied as a branch of philosophy, especially the philosophy of art, it is included in environmental science in relation to aesthetic quality of landscapes and of human environments which can be perceived to be of high or low aesthetic quality, but which may vary according to culture. Environmental aesthetics covers the interaction between an individual and the environment in relation to beauty: it includes the aesthetics of nature and also the appreciation of types of environment including urban ones. Environmental aesthetics is considered in a number of disciplines including landscape architecture, forestry, geography, psychology and philosophy. This ...

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