Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Volume One: Overview and Fundamentals

1st Edition

Harindra Joseph Fernando

CRC Press
Published December 12, 2012
Reference - 624 Pages - 389 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439816691 - CAT# K10858


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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 as well as flow phenomena and systems
  • Describes the role of turbulent motions in heat, momentum, and species transport
  • Includes contributions from top experts in the field
  • Contains more than 385 illustrations and a 12-page color insert


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, the 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 basic principles. It starts with general topics that emphasize the relevance of environmental fluid dynamics research in society, public policy, infrastructure, quality of life, security, and the law. It then discusses established and emerging focus areas. The volume also examines the sub-mesoscale flow processes and phenomena that form the building blocks of environmental motions, with emphasis on turbulent motions and their role in heat, momentum, and species transport.

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 volume is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers working to better understand the fundamentals of environmental motions and how they affect and are influenced by anthropogenic activities.

See also Handbook of Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Two-Volume Set and Volume Two: Systems, Pollution, Modeling, and Measurements.