Physics and Modelling of Wind Erosion

Physics and Modelling of Wind Erosion

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This book provides a comprehensive summary of the recent developments in wind-erosion research and a clear outline of its future directions. The physics of wind-erosion, from particle entrainment to transport and deposition, is described with rigor from the viewpoints of fluid dynamics and soil physics. The techniques for quantitative wind-erosion prediction through computational modelling constitutes a unique feature of this book in contrast to others published in the same field. For the first time, wind-erosion has been considered systematically as a multidisciplinary subject. The author has advocated the development of integrated wind-erosion modelling systems which couple dynamic models for the atmosphere and land surface with spatially distributed data for land-surface conditions. The successful applications of such a system have demonstrated its usefulness in wind-erosion assessment and prediction on regional to continental scales. This book offers a valuable reference point for researchers and postgraduate students engaged in wind-erosion related studies, ranging from global climate change to atmospheric aerosols, dust storms, air quality, and land conservation.
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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.3 x 27.9mm | 748.44g
  • United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0792366573
  • 9780792366577

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Wind Erosion and Wind-Erosion Research. 2. Patterns of Wind Erosion in the World. 3. Atmospheric Boundary-Layer and Atmospheric Modelling. 4. Land-Surface Modelling. 5. Basic Concepts of Wind Erosion. 6. The Dynamics and Modelling of Saltation. 7. Dust Emission. 8. Dust Transport and Deposition. 9. Integrated Wind-Erosion Modelling. 10. Sand Dunes, Dynamics and Modelling. 11. Techniques for Wind-Erosion Measurements. 12. Concluding Remarks. Index.
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