Energy Flows, Material Cycles and Global Development

A Process Engineering Approach to the Earth System

  • Georg Schaub
  • Thomas Turek

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Engineering book sub series (ENVENG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 1-25
  3. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 27-51
  4. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 53-81
  5. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 83-110
  6. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 111-139
  7. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 141-157
  8. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 159-197
  9. Georg Schaub, Thomas Turek
    Pages 199-202
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 203-226

About this book


This book starts by discussing the global flows of energy and materials and changes caused by human activities. It then examines the limitations of anthropogenic energy and material flows and the consequences for the development of human society. Different scenarios for lifestyle patterns are correlated with the future development of the global energy supply and climate. As it provides a process engineering approach to the Earth system and global development, readers should have a basic understanding of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

This second edition also reflects new developments since the original publication: increases in anthropogenic energy and material flows due to significant economic growth in certain parts of the world, and recent changes in energy policy and technological development countries, such as Germany (the Energiewende, or transition to renewable energy sources), where goals have been defined and measures initiated for a future energy supply without fossil and nuclear sources. As such, it offers a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing experts alike.


Effects of Human Activities Global Energy Flows Global Material Cycles Per-capita Material and Energy Flows Transition of Energy System

Authors and affiliations

  • Georg Schaub
    • 1
  • Thomas Turek
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Engler-Bunte-InstitutKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Chemische und Elektrochemische VerfahrenstechnikTU Clausthal, Institut für Chemische und Elektrochemische VerfahrenstechnikClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29493-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29495-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1863-5520
  • Series Online ISSN 1863-5539
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