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Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Production of Entropy

Life, Earth, and Beyond

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Part of the book series: Understanding Complex Systems (UCS)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

  2. 1 Entropy Production by Earth System Processes

    • Axel Kleidon, Ralph Lorenz
    Pages 1-20
  3. 5 Using Ecology to Quantify Organization in Fluid Flows

    • Robert E. Ulanowicz, Michael J. Zickel
    Pages 57-66
  4. 7 Entropy Production in Turbulent Mixing

    • Joël Sommeria
    Pages 79-91
  5. 8 Entropy Production of Atmospheric Heat Transport

    • Takamitsu Ito, Axel Kleidon
    Pages 93-106
  6. 11 Entropy and the Shaping of the Landscape by Water

    • Hideaki Miyamoto, Victor R. Baker, Ralph D. Lorenz
    Pages 135-146
  7. 12 Entropy Production in the Planetary Context

    • Ralph D. Lorenz
    Pages 147-159
  8. 16 Temperature, Biogenesis, and Biospheric Self-Organization

    • David Schwartzman, Charles H. Lineweaver
    Pages 207-221
  9. 17 Entropy and Gaia: Is There a Link Between MEP and Self-Regulation in the Climate System?

    • Thomas Toniazzo, Timothy M. Lenton, Peter M. Cox, Jonathan Gregory
    Pages 223-241
  10. Back Matter

About this book

The present volume studies the application of concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to a variety of research topics. Emphasis is on the Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle and applications to Geosphere-Biosphere couplings. Written by leading researchers form a wide range of background, the book proposed to give a first coherent account of an emerging field at the interface of thermodynamics, geophysics and life sciences.

Keywords

  • biosphere
  • calculus
  • climate system
  • complexity
  • earth system processes
  • ecology
  • entropy
  • evolution
  • gaia hypothesis
  • geophysics
  • geosphere-biosphere coupling
  • ocean
  • system
  • temperature
  • thermodynamics

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USD 149.00
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