Landscape Physics

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Physics, Landscape


the division of landscape science that deals with physical processes occurring in various geographic landscapes. The primary aim of landscape physics is the study of biological productivity for a specific climate, topography, and soil cover. Such study necessitates the investigation of the energy cycle of a landscape as a whole, the radiation balance and heat balance of the active layer of a landscape, soil formation processes, and the structure and trophic links of biocenoses. The investigation of soil formation processes also lies within the purview of landscape geochemistry.

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