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1st Edition

Sustainable Energy and Environment
An Earth System Approach

ISBN 9781774634271
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
392 Pages 24 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Here is a comprehensive introductory discussion of Earth, energy, and the environment in an integrated manner that will lead to an appreciation of our complex planet. The book looks at Earth from the perspective of a livable planet and elaborates on the surface and subsurface processes and the various energy cycles where energy is transformed and stored in the planet’s various spheres. The chapters discuss the interactions between the different parts of Earth—how energy is exchanged between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere, and how they impact the environment in which we live.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Earth  

1. Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Farha Sattar, Muhammad Nawaz, and Sandeep Narayan Kundu 

2. Minerals and Rock-Forming Processes

 Muhammad Nawaz, Farha Sattar, and Sandeep Narayan Kundu  

3. Earth’s Energy Balance and Climate

Sandeep Narayan Kundu 

4. Mass Extinctions on Earth

Sanghamitra Pradhan, Shreerup Goswami, and Sandeep Narayan Kundu  

Part 2: Energy

5. Energy and Electricity

 Sanjib Kumar Sahoo 

6. Unconventional Fossil Fuels

Deepak Dash, Lokanath Peddinti, and Sandeep Narayan Kundu 

7. Coal Seam Gas: Evaluation, Extraction and Environmental Issues

Debadutta Mohanty 

8. Minerals as Sources of Energy

Abani Ranjan Samal  

9. Harvesting Energy from Wind

Sandeep Narayan Kundu and Munukutla Sruti Keerti

Part 3: The Environment 

10. Environmental Impacts of Fossil Fuels

Satyabrata Nayak et al. 

11. Geospatial Technology Applications in Environmental Disaster Management

Maher Ibrahim Sameen, Ratiranjan Jena, and Biswajeet Pradhan 

12. Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy

Nausheen Mazhar and Sahar Zia 

13. Geological Influence on Surface Water Quality

Loo Mei Yee and Sandeep Narayan Kundu

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Sandeep Narayan Kundu, PhD, is a geoscientist with over 20 years of experience in industry and academia alike. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, and also works fulltime for Fugro Singapore Marine. Dr. Kundu has worked in various capacities in the energy exploration industry in the geoscience domain at multinational organizations. He also researched at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany; the Institute of Geoinformatics, Muenster, Germany; Indian Institute of Technology; and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. Kundu is a recipient of the prestigious British Council Fellowship and the Junior Research Fellowship in Earth Sciences.

Muhammad Nawaz, PhD, is a geomorphologist with expertise in geographic information systems, decision support systems, and environmental science. Dr. Nawaz is a Netherlands Fellowship Programme fellow and currently works in the Faculty at the Department of Geography of the National University of Singapore. Since 1993, Dr. Nawaz has served at several different universities, including Punjab University in Pakistan and on the Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Prior to that, Dr. Nawaz worked as a Lecturer at the Environment Science eLearning at Charles Darwin University, Australia, and as Associate Head/Assistant Professor at the GIS Centre, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.


“The timing of this text is excellent. Never in history has it been more crucial to help students understand the important interrelationships between the earth, energy and environment. By identifying a gap not currently provided by available textbooks, this edition demonstrates a well-presented and integrated overview of earth processes, energy and the environment, with sustainability in mind. Using a series of invited chapters, the editors take the reader through a logical flow of information and provide valuable instruction relating to the environmental impacts of renewable and non-renewable energy sources whilst exploring how a sustainable future might be achieved. The editors have produced a highly useful text for earth and environmental science students in an easy-to-understand style.”

— Diane Margot Pearson, Professor in Environmental Management, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, New Zealand