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Towards a Thermodynamic Theory for Ecological Systems - Yu M. Svirezhev

Towards a Thermodynamic Theory for Ecological Systems


Published: 6th July 2004
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The book presents a consistent and complete ecosystem theory based on thermodynamic concepts. The first chapters are devoted to an interpretation of the first and second law of thermodynamics in ecosystem context. Then Prigogine's use of far from equilibrium thermodynamic is used on ecosystems to explain their reactions to perturbations. The introduction of the concept exergy makes it possible to give a more profound and comprehensive explanation of the ecosystem's reactions and growth-patterns. A tentative fourth law of thermodynamic is formulated and applied to facilitate these explanations. The trophic chain, the global energy and radiation balance and pattern and the reactions of ecological networks are all explained by the use of exergy. Finally, it is discussed how the presented theory can be applied more widely to explain ecological observations and rules, to assess ecosystem health and to develop ecological models.

"The book is highly reccomendable to all scientists and young researchers interested in the new scientific paraditm of evolutionary thermodynamics." -E. Tiezzi, University of Sienna, in ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, VOL. 188, 2005 it was a pleasure to read it and appreciate new concepts and ideas. ...that publishing houses are giving enough space to bringing multidisciplinary areas to the attention of readers, excellent example being the book reviewed. JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY, 2005

Thermodynamics as a method: A problem of statistical description
The laws of classical thermodynamics and their application to ecology
Second and third law of thermodynamics in open systems
Entropy, probability and information
Work, exergy and information
Stability in mathematics, thermodynamics and ecology
Models of ecosystems: Thermodynamic basis and methods
Trophic chains
Models of ecosystems: Thermodynamics basis and methods
Competition and trophic level
Thermodynamics of ecological networks
Thermodynamics of vegetation
Thermodynamics of the biosphere
Teleology and extreme principles
A tentative fourth law of thermodynamics
Application of exergy as ecological indicator and goal function in ecological modelling
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ISBN: 9780080441672
ISBN-10: 008044167X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.9  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.69