Biophysical chemistry of fractal structures and processes in environmental systems - iupac series on analytical and physical chemistry of environmental systems - volume 11

Nicola Senesi, Kevin J. Wilkinson


Abstract


The book is written by Nicola Senesi, professor of Soil Chemistry and Head of the Department of Agroforestal and Environmental Biology and Chemistry of the University of Bari, Italy and Kevin J. Wilkinson, PhD. in Environmental Chemistry from the National Water Research Institute of the University of Quebec, and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montreal. The work is included in IUPAC series of Analytical and Physical Chemistry of Environmental Systems, which makes chemists, biologists, physics and other scientists aware of the most important biophysicochemical conditions and processes, which define the behaviour of environmental systems. The volume of the series focus on the use of fractal geometry to provide a quantitative description of disordered systems, such as environmental systems that, by their nature are obvious candidate for this kind of analysis. Since fractal geometry provides a powerful approach for the quantitative description of disordered systems, it is useful for describing the processes that lead to the formation of such complex, highly irregular and random systems and their physical behaviour. In the natural environment, the need to describe quantitatively the complex physic-chemical systems is very actually. As a consequence of its practical utility for examining natural systems, fractal theory has developed in geophysical, toil and atmospheric science, although little critical discussion has attempted to relate the different fields. Chapter 1, Introduction to the Study of Environmental Fractals, presents the most important notions and concepts, which have been shown to be useful to describe a large number of natural objects ...

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