Thursday, July 24, 2014

Defining Environmental Sciences


-- Defining Environmental Sciences --

* Michael Collins wrote this informative article below helping us understand what the environmental sciences are all about...


These days there is there is a lot buzz about the world going green and preserving the environment. Well, I think that all of you might be reading something or the other about "environment and ecology" in newspaper, magazines or over the internet. So, let me throw light on this topic.

The term Environmental Science involves the scientific study of the ways in which biological, physical and chemical components of the environment interact and the relations between them. Environmental science is multidisciplinary in nature and provides a broad area of study of environmental systems integrating both biological and physical concepts with an interdisciplinary approach. Environmental science encompasses issues such as climate change, conservation, biodiversity, water quality, groundwater contamination, soil contamination, and use of natural resources, waste management, sustainable development, disaster reduction, air pollution, and noise pollution.  

While atmospheric science, geo-science and ecology are overlapped they are, in fact, slightly different environmental science disciplines. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, teams of professionals commonly work together to conduct environmental research or to produce Environmental Impact Statements

Atmospheric Sciences examine the phenomenology of the Earth's gaseous outer layer with emphasis upon interrelation to other systems. Atmospheric sciences comprise meteorological studies, greenhouse gas phenomena, and atmospheric dispersion modeling of airborne contaminants, noise pollution, and even light pollution.

Ecology studies typically analyze the dynamics of biological populations and some aspect of their environment. Ecology is the study of the interactions of living organisms with their environments, including relationship with other organisms.

Geo-sciences include environmental geology, environmental soil science, volcanic phenomena and evolution of the Earth's crust. In some classification systems it can also embrace hydrology including oceanography.

Well, above is a brief overview about Environmental Science and its' machinery. Having a sound knowledge about our environment will certainly help us to protect Nature, which is the "Gift of God" to mankind.



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