Saturday, August 16, 2014

Multidisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies

Multidisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary science because it comprises of various branches of studies such as chemistry, physics, medical science, life science, agriculture, public health, sanitary engineering, etc. It is the science of physical phenomena in the environment. It educates individuals from various walks of life about the delicate balance of nature and the recklessness with which we are damaging this environment thereby endangering our very existence. This has been illustrated in real life in the past and continues through the present age. Environment studies is a study of the sources, reactions, transport, effect and fate of human activities on biological species in air, water and soil. An understanding of the working of the environment require knowledge from wide ranging fields. The multidisciplinary nature of environment studies with respect to air pollution is shown in the table below:

Environmental issue / topic                                                 Major Subject

Nature and reaction of air pollutants                                          Chemistry and chemical engineering
Effects of air pollution on humans, animals and plants                  Zoology, Botany, and various branches of                                                                                                    life science, physics and chemistry
Effects of air pollutants on materials                                           Chemistry and chemical engineering
Effects of air pollution on climate                                                Mathematical modelling
Air pollution control devices                                                       Physics, Chemistry and various branches of                                                                                                  engineering
Economic effects of Air pollution                                                Economics, Demography
Conservation of resources and pollution control                          Various branches of physical and political                                                                                                     science
Alternative fuels                                                                          Various branches of physical science.