The effects of the physical environment on behavior and life are such an intimate part of our everyday experience that one may wonder at the need to study them. Heat, cold, wind, and humidity have long been common terms in our language. A few simple experiments, however, can easily convince us that our common expressions lack precision in explaining interactions with our environment, and in many cases we mislead ourselves or unnecessarily complicate the picture by not understanding the physical principles involved in environment— organism interactions.
KeywordsHeat Concentration Sense Heat Flux Environmental Biophysics Latent Heat Transfer Water Vapor Exchange
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