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Encyclopedia of Energy (Encyclopedia of Energy Series) [Hardcover]

Robert U Ayres , Robert Costanza , Jose Goldemberg , Marija D Ilic , Eberhard Jochem , Robert Kaufmann , Amory B Lovins , Mohan Munasinghe , R K Pachauri , Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo , Per Peterson , Lee Schipper , Margaret Slade , Vaclav Smil , Ernst Worrell , Cutler J. Cleveland

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April 1, 2004 012176480X 978-0121764807 1
In recent years our usage and understanding of different types of energy has grown at a tremendous rate. The editor-in-chief, Cutler Cleveland, and his international team of associate editors have brought together approximately 400 authors to produce the Encyclopedia of Energy. This highly topical reference draws together all aspects of energy, covering a wealth of areas throughout the natural, social and engineering sciences.

The Encyclopedia will provide easily accessible information about all aspects of energy, written by leading international authorities. It will not only be indispensible for academics, researchers, professionals and students, but also for policy makers, energy and environmental consultants, and all those working in business corporations and non-governmental organisations whose activities relate to energy and the environment.

Also available online via ScienceDirect - featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit

An invaluable resource for all academics, researchers, professionals and students either working in or conducting research in energy and related environmental fields
An A-Z of energy, covering environmental and renewable energy through to fossil fuels and nuclear power

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"This six-volume encyclopedia is a timely information resource as rising energy costs and consumption engenders a renewed focus on the subject. Comprised of 380 articles, it provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of energy. Not only does it address the expected scientific and technological areas such as engineering, physics, geology, and environmental science, but it also includes a strong social science component with history, economics, public policy, and sociology. Cleveland (director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston Univ.) and over 400 contributors from academia, government, and industry provide authoritative information in the form of lengthy, well-organized articles that are accessible to undergraduates and researchers. Each article has definitions, cross-references, and suggested readings to aid the user. Extras include a glossary, an extensive chronology of energy-related developments, a small annotated bibliography, key international organizations, and a wide range of energy-related tables such as measurement and units, physical property data, and production and consumption figures. Bottom Line The material here is on a more advanced level than the the three-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Whereas Macmillan provides overviews of the major energy topics, the articles in Encyclopedia of Energy have greater breadth and depth. Both encyclopedias complement each other well because of the difference in scope and surprisingly small overlap in content. But Macmillan may be a more affordable choice for smaller public, high school, and undergraduate libraries, while the Encyclopedia of Energy is strongly recommended for academic and large public libraries."
Library Journal, November 2004

"Cleveland's attempt to gather all existing knowledge about the world's energy problems into six volumes (5,400 pages) largely succeeds. Each of the 380 articles, "Acid Deposition" to "Energy Use" to "World History and Energy," written by 400 experts from 40 countries in a wide range of specialties, begins with a list of subtopics, then a glossary of specialized terms, then a "Defining Statement" paragraph. Following the body of the article are cross-references to related material and a list of further readings. A subject index concludes v.6, where readers will do well to start, since material of interest is often not revealed in article titles. Charts, graphs, tables, and photographs clarify the text. Articles cover discrete topics, and readers who need information on specific topics will find that the format invites both searching and browsing. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries."
Choice, October 2004

"The Encyclopedia of Energy provides an invaluable reference laying out the energy options available, their pros and cons, and how they might best be fit together in local, national, and global energy systems. Its comprehensive coverage should help planners, analysts, and policy makers at all levels to identify the right choices and promote them effectively.”
Hans-Holger Rogner
Section Head, Planning and Economic Studies Section, Department of Nuclear Energy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

"I strongly recommend this most thorough and up-to-date work to energy engineers, planners and decision makers, as well as to the researchers and students of energy, economics and global interactions.”

T. Nejat Veziroglu
President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
Professor & Director, Clean Energy Research Institute, University of Miami

"The Encyclopedia of Energy will be an invaluable resource for organizations like the Global Environment Facility engaged in the twin goals of environment and development.The extensive documentation of renewable energy sources and energy conservation also make this work an invaluable contribution in working on the sustainable energy systems of the future."
Leonard Good
Chairman and CEO of the Global Environment Facility

".an invaluable reference guide for those interested in understanding current thinking and practice in the energy sector and its related disciplines.this publication will provide both those working in the energy sciences and those outside the field with comprehensive, contextual information on all aspects of the industry.”
Fatih Birol
Chief Economist and Head, Economic Analysis Division
International Energy Agency

Book Description

An invaluable resource for all academics, researchers, professionals and students either working in or conducting research in the energy and related environmental fields.

Product Details

  • Series: Encyclopedia of Energy Series
  • Hardcover: 5376 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science; 1 edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012176480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0121764807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 30 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cutler J. Cleveland is Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University, where he also is on the faculty of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He also is a Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington D.C., where he serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL). Dr. Cleveland is Chief Education Officer at Trunity, Inc., a leading global provider of living virtual digital textbooks and eLearning solutions.

Dr. Cleveland is author and editor of acclaimed reference works on energy that include the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier, 2005), the Concise Encyclopedia of the History of Energy, and the Handbook of Energy (Elsevier, 2013). He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Earth, named the Best Geoscience Website by the Geoscience Information Society. Dr. Cleveland is the recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award from the United States Association of Energy Economics for "unique and innovative contributions to the field of energy economics." He is co-author of Environmental Science, the Web's first entirely electronic introductory textbook on the subject. Dr. Cleveland's research on the valuation of ecosystem services, funded by the National Science Foundation, is highlighted in NSF's Top Discoveries series. Dr. Cleveland has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Energy Information Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Cleveland holds a B.S. in Ecology from Cornell University, a M.S. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, and a Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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