1st Edition

Sustainable Energy and Environment An Earth System Approach

Edited By Sandeep Narayan Kundu, Muhammad Nawaz Copyright 2020
    392 Pages 24 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    392 Pages 24 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    392 Pages 24 Color & 87 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    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.

    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


    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