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Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systems

Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systems Book
Author : Ichiro Aoki
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0123914930
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The concept of entropy in thermodynamics is a complex one, though it is fundamental in understanding physics, the workings of the mind, and biology. Entropy is the measure of the quality of energy, and it can also refer to the turn from order to disorder or randomness in isolated systems. In open systems, such as biology, entropy is formulated in terms of production and energy flow. This book establishes a novel view of complex biological systems and the earth using this concept of entropy, encompassing the interdisciplinary area of biology, ecology and physics. This book considers the development over time of a range of biologically complex systems such as plants, animals, humans, and ecosystems, describing them in terms of the second law of thermodynamics, entropy. With its broad coverage of biological systems, this book will be useful for students of environmental science as well as students in biology and physics. Includes discussion of multiple complex systems including the earth and biological systems within it. Suitable for those with little physics background who wish to learn how the laws of physics apply to ecological systems. Clearly organized by system, making information easy to access.

Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systems

Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systems Book
Author : Ichiro Aoki
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2012-01-25
ISBN : 012394404X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The concept of entropy in thermodynamics is a complex one, though it is fundamental in understanding physics, the workings of the mind, and biology. Entropy is the measure of the quality of energy, and it can also refer to the turn from order to disorder or randomness in isolated systems. In open systems, such as biology, entropy is formulated in terms of production and energy flow. This book establishes a novel view of complex biological systems and the earth using this concept of entropy, encompassing the interdisciplinary area of biology, ecology and physics. This book considers the development over time of a range of biologically complex systems such as plants, animals, humans, and ecosystems, describing them in terms of the second law of thermodynamics, entropy. With its broad coverage of biological systems, this book will be useful for students of environmental science as well as students in biology and physics. Includes discussion of multiple complex systems including the earth and biological systems within it. Suitable for those with little physics background who wish to learn how the laws of physics apply to ecological systems. Clearly organized by system, making information easy to access.

The Sustainable City IX

The Sustainable City IX Book
Author : N. Marchettini,C.A. Brebbia,R. Pulselli,S. Bastianoni
Publisher : WIT Press
Release : 2014-09-23
ISBN : 184564820X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Containing the proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability this book addresses the multi-disciplinary aspects of urban planning; a result of the increasing size of cities; the amount of resources and services required and the complexity of modern society. Most of earth’s population now lives in cities and the process of urbanisation still continues generating many problems deriving from the drift of the population towards them. These problems can be resolved by cities becoming efficient habitats, saving resources in a way that improves the quality and standard of living. The process however, faces a number of major challenges, related to reducing pollution, improving main transportation and infrastructure systems. New urban solutions are required to optimise the use of space and energy resources leading to improvements in the environment, i.e. reduction in air, water and soil pollution as well as efficient ways to deal with waste generation. These challenges contribute to the development of social and economic imbalances and require the development of new solutions. Large cities are probably the most complex mechanisms to manage. However, despite such complexity they represent a fertile ground for architects, engineers, city planners, social and political scientists, and other professionals able to conceive new ideas and time them according to technological advances and human requirements. The challenge of planning sustainable cities lies in considering their dynamics, the exchange of energy and matter, and the function and maintenance of ordered structures directly or indirectly, supplied and maintained by natural systems. Topics covered include: Urban strategies; Planning, development and management; Urban conservation and regeneration; The community and the city; Eco-town planning; Landscape planning and design; Environmental management; Sustainable energy and the city; Transportation; Quality of life; Waterfront development; Case studies; Architectural issues; Cultural heritage issues; Intelligent environment and emerging technologies; Planning for risk; Disaster and emergency response; Safety and security; Waste management; Infrastructure and society; Urban metabolism.

Ecological Modeling

Ecological Modeling Book
Author : Hsiao-Hsuan Wang,W. E. Grant
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2019-08-14
ISBN : 0444641645
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ecological Modeling: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Modeling Ecological Systems, Volume 31, presents the skills needed to appropriately evaluate and use ecological models. Illustrated throughout with practical examples, the book discusses ecological modeling as both an art and a science, balancing the qualitative (artistic) side, with its foundations in common sense and modeling practice, against the quantitative (scientific) aspects of the modeling process. This book draws on the authors’ extensive experience in both teaching and using these techniques to provide readers with a practical, user-friendly guide that supports and encourages the appropriate, effective use of these tools. Provides readers with a commonsense understanding of the systems perspective and its foundations in general system theory Highlights the importance of a solid understanding of the qualitative aspects of the modeling process Facilitates the ability to appropriately evaluate and use ecological models Supports learning with a variety of simple examples to instill the desire and confidence to embark upon the modeling experience

Models of the Ecological Hierarchy

Models of the Ecological Hierarchy Book
Author : Ferenc Jordán,Sven Erik Jorgensen
Publisher : Newnes
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0444593969
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"Based on selected papers covering the presentations at the 7th European Conference on Ecological Modelling, organized by ISEM and hosted by The Microsoft Research--University of Trento Center for Computational and Systems Biology from 30 May to 2 June, 2011 in Riva del Garde, Italy"--P. xi.

Time and Methods in Environmental Interfaces Modelling

Time and Methods in Environmental Interfaces Modelling Book
Author : Dragutin T Mihailovic,Igor Balaž,Darko Kapor
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2016-10-31
ISBN : 0444639233
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Time and Methods in Environmental Interfaces Modelling: Personal Insights considers the use of time in environmental interfaces modeling and introduce new methods, from the global scale (e.g. climate modeling) to the micro scale (e.g. cell and nanotubes modeling), which primarily arise from the personal research insights of the authors. As the field of environmental science requires the application of new fundamental approaches that can lead to a better understanding of environmental phenomena, this book helps necessitate new approaches in modeling, including category theory, that follow new achievements in physics, mathematics, biology, and chemistry. Includes the use of new mathematical tools, such as category theory, mathematical theory of general systems and formal concept analysis, matrix theory tools, stability analysis, and pseudospectra Presents new content related to time in relation to physics and biology Combines the word of an experienced author team with over 35 papers of collective experience

Participatory Modelling for Resilient Futures

Participatory Modelling for Resilient Futures Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2017-11-13
ISBN : 0444639837
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Participatory Modelling for Resilient Futures: Action for Managing Our Environment from the Bottom-Up, Volume One provides an important contribution to environmental management by introducing an integrative framework for participatory research for better land use and natural resource planning, organized around compelling recent case studies. It is a valuable guide for the increasing number of students looking for solutions in sustainability science and also practitioners who are on the ground working with local communities to improve specific places. The book was developed in response to the need to provide a clear and synthetic account, in accessible and non-technical language, of the way in which innovative integrative research can help solve real world human-environment interaction problems at a range of levels and scales, e.g., participatory modelling to secure a sustainable future for a natural protected area, working with stakeholders to break the deadlock on renewable energy implementation in Europe or tackling social exclusion and reducing food carbon footprint through local agroecology schemes. Makes modeling approaches accessible so environmental and natural resource managers can make more precise decisions, accounting for a positive and negative impacts of ecosystem changes Provides recent real cases to demonstrate implementation of the concepts, allowing the reader to see how to bridge scientific research and societal needs in order to effectively translate knowledge into action Provides an integrated perspective incorporating science, politics and society, as well as a toolbox of methodologies to enhance participation and engagement of key stakeholders

Advanced Modelling Techniques Studying Global Changes in Environmental Sciences

Advanced Modelling Techniques Studying Global Changes in Environmental Sciences Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2015-10-08
ISBN : 0444635432
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Advanced Modelling Techniques Studying Global Changes in Environmental Sciences discusses the need for immediate and effective action, guided by a scientific understanding of ecosystem function, to alleviate current pressures on the environment. Research, especially in Ecological Modeling, is crucial to support the sustainable development paradigm, in which the economy, society, and the environment are integrated and positively reinforce each other. Content from this book is drawn from the 2013 conference of the International Society for Ecological Modeling (ISEM), an important and active research community contributing to this arena. Some progress towards gaining a better understanding of the processes of global change has been achieved, but much more is needed. This conference provides a forum to present current research using models to investigate actions towards mitigating and adapting to change. Presents state-of-the-art modeling techniques Drawn from the 2013 conference of the International Society for Ecological Modeling (ISEM), an important and active research community contributing to this arena Integrates knowledge of advanced modeling techniques in ecological and environmental sciences Describes new applications for sustainability

Ecological Modelling and Engineering of Lakes and Wetlands

Ecological Modelling and Engineering of Lakes and Wetlands Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2014-04-04
ISBN : 0444632557
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Ecological modelling has developed rapidly in recent decades, with the focus primarily on the restoration of lakes and wetlands. Ecological Modelling and Engineering in Lakes and Wetlands presents the progress being made in modelling for a wealth of applications. It covers the older biogeochemical models still in use today, structurally dynamic models, 3D models, biophysical models, entire watershed models, and ecotoxicological models, as well as the expansion of modeling to the Arctic and Antarctic climate-zones. The book also addresses modelling the effect of climate change, including the development of ecological models for addressing storm water pond issues, which are increasingly important in urban regions where more concentrated rainfalls are a consequence of climate change. The ecological engineering topics covered in the book also emphasize the advancements being made in applying ecological engineering regimes for better environmental management of lakes and wetlands. Examines recent progress towards a better understanding of these two important ecosystems Presents new results and approaches that can be used to develop better models Discusses how to increase the synergistic effect between ecosystems engineering and modelling

Numerical Ecology

Numerical Ecology Book
Author : P. Legendre,Loic F J Legendre
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2012-07-21
ISBN : 0444538690
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The book describes and discusses the numerical methods which are successfully being used for analysing ecological data, using a clear and comprehensive approach. These methods are derived from the fields of mathematical physics, parametric and nonparametric statistics, information theory, numerical taxonomy, archaeology, psychometry, sociometry, econometry and others. An updated, 3rd English edition of the most widely cited book on quantitative analysis of multivariate ecological data Relates ecological questions to methods of statistical analysis, with a clear description of complex numerical methods All methods are illustrated by examples from the ecological literature so that ecologists clearly see how to use the methods and approaches in their own research All calculations are available in R language functions

Complex Ecology

Complex Ecology Book
Author : Bernard C. Patten,Sven Erik Jørgensen
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1995
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For systems ecologists, modelers, environmental engineers, and theoretical ecologists who are interested in mathematics applied to ecology. An advanced and up-to-date treatment of ecological complexity, emphasizing the need for holistic systems approaches. The book provides a compendium of technically oriented systems approaches to complexity at all levels of ecological organization, presenting microscopic and macroscopic views, descriptions of modeling approaches, feedback and stability, and network approaches to trophic dynamics and optimality issues.

The Environment and Science and Technology Education

The Environment and Science and Technology Education Book
Author : A. V. Baez,G. W. Knamiller,J. C. Smyth
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2013-10-22
ISBN : 1483161609
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

The Environment and Science and Technology Education covers topics on key issues in environmental education; school-based primary and secondary education; and community-based environmental education. The book also discusses topics on tertiary, professional and vocational environmental education and non-formal public environmental education. The text will give practical help to teachers in all countries in order to raise standards of education in those topics essential for development.

Evolution Development and Complexity

Evolution  Development and Complexity Book
Author : Georgi Yordanov Georgiev,John M. Smart,Claudio L. Flores Martinez,Michael E. Price
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-06-25
ISBN : 3030000753
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

This book explores the universe and its subsystems from the three lenses of evolutionary (contingent), developmental (predictable), and complex (adaptive) processes at all scales. It draws from prolific experts within the academic disciplines of complexity science, physical science, information and computer science, theoretical and evo-devo biology, cosmology, astrobiology, evolutionary theory, developmental theory, and philosophy. The chapters come from a Satellite Meeting, "Evolution, Development and Complexity" (EDC) hosted at the Conference on Complex Systems, in Cancun, 2017. The contributions have been peer-reviewed and contributors from outside the conference were invited to submit chapters to ensure full coverage of the topics. This book explores many issues within the field of EDC such as the interaction of evolutionary stochasticity and developmental determinism in biological systems and what they might teach us about these twin processes in other complex systems. This text will appeal to students and researchers within the complex systems and EDC fields.

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1998
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Journal of the Physical Society of Japan book written by , available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Plastid Development in Leaves during Growth and Senescence

Plastid Development in Leaves during Growth and Senescence Book
Author : Basanti Biswal,Karin Krupinska,Udaya C. Biswal
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2013-07-08
ISBN : 9400757247
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Chloroplast development is a key feature of leaf developmental program. Recent advances in plant biology reveal that chloroplasts also determine the development, the structure and the physiology of the entire plant. The books, published thus far, have emphasized the biogenesis of the organelle, but not the events associated with the transformation of the mature chloroplast to the gerontoplast during senescence. This book, with 28 chapters, is unique because it describes how the chloroplast matures and how it is subsequently transformed to become the gerontoplast during senescence, a process required for nutrient recycling in plants. This book includes a state-of-the-art survey of the current knowledge on the regulation and the mechanisms of chloroplast development. Some of the chapters critically discuss the signaling process, the expression potential of plastid DNA, the interaction of cellular organelles, and the molecular mechanisms associated with the assembly and the disassembly of organellar complexes and finally the modulation of chloroplast development by environmental signals.

System of Systems Engineering

System of Systems Engineering Book
Author : Mohammad Jamshidi
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-09-20
ISBN : 1118210735
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Discover the emerging science and engineering of System ofSystems Many challenges of the twenty-first century, such as fossil fuelenergy resources, require a new approach. The emergence of Systemof Systems (SoS) and System of Systems Engineering (SoSE) presentsengineers and professionals with the potential for solving many ofthe challenges facing our world today. This groundbreaking bookbrings together the viewpoints of key global players in the fieldto not only define these challenges, but to provide possiblesolutions. Each chapter has been contributed by an international expert,and topics covered include modeling, simulation, architecture, theemergence of SoS and SoSE, net-centricity, standards, management,and optimization, with various applications to defense,transportation, energy, the environment, healthcare, serviceindustry, aerospace, robotics, infrastructure, and informationtechnology. The book has been complemented with several casestudies—Space Exploration, Future Energy Resources,Commercial Airlines Maintenance, Manufacturing Sector, ServiceSector, Intelligent Transportation, Future Combat Missions, GlobalEarth Observation System of Systems project, and many more—togive readers an understanding of the real-world applications ofthis relatively new technology. System of SystemsEngineering is an indispensable resource for aerospace anddefense engineers and professionals in related fields.

Development and Evolution

Development and Evolution Book
Author : Stanley N. Salthe
Publisher : MIT Press
Release : 1993
ISBN : 9780262193351
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Development and Evolution surveys and illuminates the key themes of rapidly changing fields and areas of controversy that are redefining the theory and philosophy of biology. It continues Stanley Salthe's investigation of evolutionary theory, begun in his influential book Evolving Hierarchical Systems, while negating the implicit philosophical mechanisms of much of that work. Here Salthe attempts to reinitiate a theory of biology from the perspective of development rather than from that of evolution, recognizing the applicability of general systems thinking to biological and social phenomena and pointing toward a non-Darwinian and even a postmodern biology. Salthe's intent is nothing less than to provide, with this alternative paradigm, a position from which the deconstruction of the Bacononian/Cartesian/Newtonian/Darwinian/Comptian tradition becomes possible, while at the same time suggesting in its place an organic view predicated upon Aristotelian and Hegelian antecedents. In the face of complexity, we must alter our view of the universe as inherently ordered and predictable; order develops, but at great cost. Explorating of the nature of change in a complex world, Salthe brings together such disparate areas as hierarchy theory, information theory, and semiotics in illuminating ways as he seeks a mode of answering questions as to the nature of complexity and as to how we might derive information from the interactions of the parts of a contextualized developing system. Stanley N. Salthe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, is a Visiting Scientist in Biological Sciences at Binghamton University.

Entropy and Bioeconomics

Entropy and Bioeconomics Book
Author : European Association for Bioeconomic Studies. International Conference
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1993
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Download Entropy and Bioeconomics book written by European Association for Bioeconomic Studies. International Conference, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Encyclopedia of Ecology

Encyclopedia of Ecology Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Newnes
Release : 2014-11-03
ISBN : 008091456X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

The groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Ecology provides an authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the complete field of ecology, from general to applied. It includes over 500 detailed entries, structured to provide the user with complete coverage of the core knowledge, accessed as intuitively as possible, and heavily cross-referenced. Written by an international team of leading experts, this revolutionary encyclopedia will serve as a one-stop-shop to concise, stand-alone articles to be used as a point of entry for undergraduate students, or as a tool for active researchers looking for the latest information in the field. Entries cover a range of topics, including: Behavioral Ecology Ecological Processes Ecological Modeling Ecological Engineering Ecological Indicators Ecological Informatics Ecosystems Ecotoxicology Evolutionary Ecology General Ecology Global Ecology Human Ecology System Ecology The first reference work to cover all aspects of ecology, from basic to applied Over 500 concise, stand-alone articles are written by prominent leaders in the field Article text is supported by full-color photos, drawings, tables, and other visual material Fully indexed and cross referenced with detailed references for further study Writing level is suited to both the expert and non-expert Available electronically on ScienceDirect shortly upon publication

Eco Targets Goal Functions and Orientors

Eco Targets  Goal Functions  and Orientors Book
Author : Felix Müller,Maren Leupelt
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2012-12-06
ISBN : 3642587690
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This volume comprises the proceedings of the International Workshop on Eco logical Goal Functions, held at the Schleswig-Holstein Cultural Center of Salzau, August 30 -September 4, 1996. The conference - first in a series - intended to be convened at Salzau at 1 -2 year intervals to address various aspects of theo retical and application-oriented ecology, was initiated, organized and carried out under the auspices of the Ecology Center of the Kiel University. It featured key note addresses, invited lectures, submitted papers, and posters. 32 contributions written by authors from eight countries, were selected to be presented in this book. From the very rich discussions of the workshop, some general characteristics emerged which might become important for a deeper understanding of the nature of evolving systems or, in other words, systems with a history, described by variables with a high degree of interdependence. These characteristics include the following: Speaking of 'goal functions' is a convenient 'fa~on de parler', since a logical analysis of the formal structure of teleological and causal explanations shows that both are analogous with regard to the inherent structural typology and the basic mode of explanation. Teleological interpretations introduce motives or objectives of actors into the set of 'antecedens' conditions relevant for system evolution, and are consequently a subset of causal interpretations.