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Land, water, and air are the most precious natural resources that sustain life and civilization. Maintenance of clean air and water and preservation of land resources and native biological diversity are among the challenges that we are facing for the sustainability and well-being of all on the planet Earth. Natural and anthropogenic forces have affected constantly land, water, and air resources through interactive processes such as shifting climate patterns, disturbing hydrological regimes, and alternating landscape configurations and compositions. Improvements in understanding of the complexity of land, water, and air systems and their interactions with human activities and disturbances represent priorities in scientific research, technology development, education programs, and administrative actions for conservation and management of natural resources.

The chapters of The Handbook of Natural Resources, Second Edition (HNR), are authored by world- class scientists and scholars. The theme topics of the chapters reflects the state-of-the-art science and technology, and management practices and understanding. The chapters are written at the level that allows a broad scope of audience to understand. The graphical and photographic support and list of references provide the helpful information for extended understanding.

Public and private libraries, educational and research institutions, scientists, scholars, resource managers, and graduate and undergraduate students will be the primary audience of this set of reference series. The full set of the HNR and individual volumes and chapters can be used as the references in general environmental science and natural science courses at different levels and disciplines, such as biology, geography, Earth system science, environmental and life sciences, ecology, and natural resources science. The chapters can be a value-added collection of references for scientific research and management practices.


Yeqiao Wang, PhD, is a professor at the Department of Natural Resources Science, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island. He earned his BS from the Northeast Normal University in 1982 and his MS degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987. He earned the MS and PhD degrees in natural resources management and engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1992 and 1995, respectively. From 1995 to 1999, he held the position of assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island since 1999. Among his awards and recognitions, Dr. Wang was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000 by former U.S. President William J. Clinton, for his outstanding research in the area of land cover and land use in the Greater Chicago area in connection with the Chicago Wilderness Program.

Dr. Wang’s specialties and research interests are in terrestrial remote sensing and the applications in natural resources analysis and mapping. One of his primary interests is the land change science, which includes performing repeated inventories of landscape dynamics and land-use and land-cover change from space, developing scientific understanding and models necessary to simulate the processes taking place, evaluating consequences of observed and predicted changes, and understanding the consequences of change on environmental goods and services and management of natural resources. His research and scholarships are aimed to provide scientific foundations in understanding of the sustainability, vulnerability and resilience of land and water systems, and the management and governance of their uses. His study areas include various regions in the United States, East and West Africa, and China.

Dr. Wang published over 170 refereed articles, edited Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments and Remote Sensing of Protected Lands, published by CRC Press in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He served as the editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Natural Resources published by CRC Press in 2014, which was the first edition of The Handbook of Natural Resources.

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