Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Axel Kleidon, Ralph Lorenz
    Pages 1-20
  3. Robert E. Ulanowicz, Michael J. Zickel
    Pages 57-66
  4. Joël Sommeria
    Pages 79-91
  5. Takamitsu Ito, Axel Kleidon
    Pages 93-106
  6. Hideaki Miyamoto, Victor R. Baker, Ralph D. Lorenz
    Pages 135-146
  7. Ralph D. Lorenz
    Pages 147-159
  8. David Schwartzman, Charles H. Lineweaver
    Pages 207-221
  9. Thomas Toniazzo, Timothy M. Lenton, Peter M. Cox, Jonathan Gregory
    Pages 223-241
  10. Back Matter

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The present volume studies the application of concepts from non-equilibrium thermodynamics to a variety of research topics. Emphasis is on the Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle and applications to Geosphere-Biosphere couplings. Written by leading researchers form a wide range of background, the book proposed to give a first coherent account of an emerging field at the interface of thermodynamics, geophysics and life sciences.


biosphere calculus climate system complexity earth system processes ecology entropy evolution gaia hypothesis geophysics geosphere-biosphere coupling ocean system temperature thermodynamics

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