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.
We all have our ideas about environment which Einstein is reputed to have described as ‘everything that isn't me’; we all probably agree that ‘environments’ in the plural relates to surroundings in terms of objects, conditions or circumstances. Three hundred years ago the word environment(s) was probably not used very much, if at all, but nowadays we hear more and more about environments, all qualified by an increasing range of adjectives: including those spaces that we function in (office, desktop, social, outdoor, creative, narrative, virtual, intelligent, multisensory, art, bluespace), those areas described according to location and how we do things (working, business, learning, virtual learning, personal learning), as well as those that have an element of evaluation (healthy, healthcare, controlled, managed, themed, magnetic). Even ...