ERIC Number: ED197991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Heat Transfer Processes for the Thermal Energy Balance of Organisms. Physical Processes in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems, Transport Processes.
Stevenson, R. D.
This module is part of a series designed to be used by life science students for instruction in the application of physical theory to ecosystem operation. Most modules contain computer programs which are built around a particular application of a physical process. This module describes heat transfer processes involved in the exchange of heat between an organism and its environment. Emphasis is placed on conduction, convection, and evaporation, three of the physical processes that affect the physiological, behavioral, and ecological activities of all organisms. Radiation transfer is described in a separate module. Four examples taken from the ecological literature are used to emphasize the biological effects of temperature and energy budgets. Three systems are used to illustrate heat transfer principles and their biological importance. These include heat flow in soil, a leaf, and a lizard. Ecological examples are used throughout the text and problem set. Calculus and first-year physics are prerequisites for the module. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife.
Note: For related documents, see SE 034 160-167 and SE 033 581-597. Contains marginal legibility in Tables.