Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Two-Volume Set

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  • Represents the first comprehensive reference for environmental fluid dynamics, suitable as an educational tool or as a resource for research and policy making
  • Discusses topics in the context of sustainability, ecological aspects, and environmental pollution
  • Covers fundamental flow types, flow phenomena and systems, modeling of environmental flows, and techniques for measurement
  • Includes contributions from top experts in the field
  • Contains more than 300 illustrations and a 12-page color insert in each volume


With major implications for applied physics, engineering, and the natural and social sciences, the rapidly growing area of environmental fluid dynamics focuses on the interactions of human activities, environment, and fluid motion. A landmark for the field, this two-volume Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics presents the basic principles, fundamental flow processes, modeling techniques, and measurement methods used in the study of environmental motions. It also offers critical discussions of environmental sustainability related to engineering.

The handbook features 81 chapters written by 135 renowned researchers from around the world. Covering environmental, policy, biological, and chemical aspects, it tackles important cross-disciplinary topics such as sustainability, ecology, pollution, micrometeorology, and limnology.

Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals, including introductory topics, general principles, and fundamental flow types. It emphasizes the close relevance of environmental fluid dynamics research in society, public policy, infrastructure, quality of life, security, and the law. The book explores established and emerging areas related to environmental fluid dynamics. It also describes sub-mesoscale flow processes and phenomena that form the building blocks of environmental motions.

Volume Two: Systems, Pollution, Modeling, and Measurements explores the interactions between engineered structures and natural flows. It also discusses the major topic of environmental pollution, with a focus on numerical methods, predictive modeling, and computer infrastructure developments. The book also looks at practical aspects of laboratory experiments and field observations that validate quantitative predictions and help identify new phenomena and processes.

As communities face existential challenges posed by climate change, rapid urbanization, and scarcity of water and energy, the study of environmental fluid dynamics becomes increasingly relevant. This wide-ranging handbook is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers working to better understand natural motions and how they affect and are influenced by anthropogenic activities.

Table of Contents

Volume One
Overview and General Topics
Focus Areas for Study of Natural Systems
Fundamental Flow Phenomena and Turbulence

Volume Two
Engineered Systems and Anthropogenic Influence
Environmental Pollution
Numerical Modeling of Environmental Flows
Laboratory Modeling of Environmental Flows
Environmental Measurements

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Editorial Reviews

"I strongly recommend the two-volume Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics to all scientists and engineers involved in or just intrigued by the interplay of fluid dynamics with the environment. Guided by the skillful editorship of Joe Fernando, and dedicated to the memory of Owen M. Phillips, a marvelous teacher and one of the top geophysical fluid dynamicists of the past century, every topic of importance in environmental fluid dynamics is superbly addressed by an outstanding selection of authors; I predict the books will be an important resource for years to come."
—Professor James J. Riley, University of Washington

"This handbook is probably the most prestigious and broadest survey in environmental fluid dynamics that has come to light so far. It brings together state-of-the-art knowledge of leading experts in topics ranging from climate change and risk assessment to more fundamental subjects such as turbulence and dispersion within two volumes and 81 chapters. It promises to become one of the most important references in this field."
—Professor Jan-Bert Flór, Laboratoire des Ecoulements Géophysiques et Industriels, CNRS

"Dr. Fernando has assembled an impressive team of contributors from a wide range of fields. The book is as close to a comprehensive view of the field as possible in one handbook."
—Professor John S. Gulliver, University of Minnesota

"This grand two-volume set provides an excellent exposé of the vast interdisciplinary field of environmental fluid dynamics including its societal importance. The work spans time and space scales ranging from small-scale stratified turbulence to large-scale climate and introduces the reader to the many observational, theoretical, and numerical techniques used to study outdoor flows—a great resource."
—Dr. Peter Sullivan, National Center for Atmospheric Research

"I will definitely recommend this handbook to students and stakeholders concerned by environmental problems."
—Professor Philippe Fraunié, Université du Sud Toulon-Var