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A Voyage through Scales

Günter Blöschl, Hans Thybo, Hubert Savenije
24,5 x 30,2 cm
120 pages
120 photos
Englisch
Hardcover
ISBN 978-3-901753-84-8
April 2015

A Voyage through Scales

A Voyage Through Scales is an invitation to contemplate the earth’s extraordinary variability, from changes in milliseconds to geologic time scales, from microns to the size of the planet. Zoom into a cloud. Zoom out of a rock. Watch the volcano explode, the lightning strike, an aurora undulate. Imagine ice sheets expanding, retreating - pulsating - while continents continue their leisurely collisions. Everywhere there are structures within structures ... within structures. A voyage through scales is an invitation to contemplate the earth’s extraordinary variability, from changes in milliseconds to geologic time scales, from microns to the size of the planet. The range of scales in space, in time - in space-time - is truly mindboggling. Their complexity challenges our ability to measure, to model, to comprehend. Join us on this odyssey.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Voyage
Living with a Star 
Up into the Sky 
Scales and Atmospheric Measurements 
Biogeosciences Connecting Earth’s Spheres from Microscopic to Global Scales 
Sculpting the Surface of the Earth
Earth System Dynamics: “The Whole Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts” (Aristotle)
Scales in Atmospheric Remote Sensing Instruments, Measurements and Scientific Products
Hydrology, a Science of Water Flow at Many Scales 
Scales and Scaling in Natural Hazards 
Beautiful Geometries Underlying Ocean Nonlinear Processes 
Ocean Science 
Soil: A Journey through Time and Space
The Mobile Solid Earth: A Question of Perception
From Microscopic Ice Crystals to Global Ice Ages: Scales of Cryosphere Phenomena and Research
Open Access – What Else ?
The EGU Journals

Videoinstallation "A Voyage Through Scales"
At the EGU (European Geosciences Union) General Assembly from 12 to 17 May 2015 in the Austria Center Vienna, images from the book "A Voyage Through Scales" were shown on a custom-built Videowall.

Authors

Günter Blöschl

is Professor of Hydrology, Director of the Centre for Water Resource Systems, and Head of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology. He has published extensively on subjects related to hydrology and water resources. He is Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and recipient of an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). Currently, he is the President of the European Geosciences Union.

Hans Thybo

is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Copenhagen and founder member of the EGU, which he will head from 2016 as its President. He has published 11 books and some 200 research papers.

Hubert Savenije

is President of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) and Professor of Hydrology at the Delft University of Technology. In 2008 Hubert Savenije received the Henry Darcy Medal.