Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems

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The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) is an encyclopedia on the science of sustainable development and conservation of life support systems on earth. The extensive publication is published under the patronage of UNESCO.

Overview[edit]

In 1996, international scientists, engineers, and policy makers were invited by the UNESCO to Washington, Tokyo, Moscow, Mexico City, Beijing and the Bahamas to generate a detailed list of EOLSS contents and achieve a global consensus and acceptance of its structure. Life support system means a natural or human constructed system that furthers the life of the biosphere in a sustainable fashion. The knowledge is structured in 21 topic areas: Earth and atmospheric sciences; Mathematical sciences; Biological, physiological and health sciences; Biotechnology; Land use, land cover and soil sciences; Tropical biology and conservation management; Social sciences and humanities; Physical sciences, engineering and technology resources; Control systems, robotics and automation; Chemical sciences engineering and technology resources; Water sciences, engineering and technology resources; Energy sciences, engineering and technology resources; Environmental and ecological sciences, engineering and technology resources; Food and agricultural sciences, engineering and technology resources; Human resources policy, development and management; Natural resources policy and management; Development and economic sciences; Institutional and infrastructural resources; Technology, information and system management resources; Area studies (Africa, Brazil, Canada and USA, China, Europe, Japan, Russia); Desalination and water resources.

The way the encyclopedia is being compiled can be defined as crowdsourcing, where thousands of intellectuals from all over the world and across various academic institutions are contributing. The encyclopedia relies on strict standards of peer review and the joint Paris-based UNESCO and EOLSS secretariat manages the encyclopedia in progress. It has got a publishing wing in Oxford as well which specializes in publishing various materials such as books, e-books or scholarly subscriptions.

The web portal of EOLSS receives maximum hits from the United States and India. If each hit is assumed to originate from one unique user, then USA has about 28% and India has about 10% of the users of this portal. The number of hits falls dramatically after we consider USA and India, whereas countries like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom each contribute almost about 5% of the total hits. This shows that people familiar with English are feeling more comfortable in utilizing this project for their educational or knowledge seeking purposes and researches. The proportion of users from states of the European Union who do not speak English as native language is about 8 percent in total. The statistics are updated as of May 2018.[1][2]

Bibliography (selection)[edit]

1. Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • ENVIRONMENTAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION: CLIMATE SYSTEM, Volume 1[3]
  • NATURAL DISASTERS, Volume 1[4]
  • NATURAL DISASTERS, Volume 2[5]
  • GEOGRAPHY, Volume 1[6]

2. Mathematical Sciences

  • HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS [7]

3. Biological, Physiological and Health Sciences

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH, Volume 1[8]
  • WATER AND HEALTH, Volume 1[9]
  • PSYCHOLOGY, Volume 1[10]
  • MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Volume 1[11]

4. Biotechnology

  • BIOTECHNOLOGY, Volume 1[12]
  • BIOTECHNOLOGY, Volume 2[13]

5. Tropical Biology and Conservation Management

  • TROPICAL BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT, Volume 1[14]
  • TROPICAL BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT, Volume 2[15]

6. Social Sciences and Humanities

  • PEACE, LITERATURE, AND ART, Volume 1[16]
  • PEACE, LITERATURE, AND ART, Volume 2[17]
  • PEACE STUDIES, PUBLIC POLICY AND GLOBAL SECURITY, Volume 1[18]
  • GLOBAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY, Volume 1[19]
  • CULTURE, CIVILIZATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY, Volume 1[20]
  • LITERATURE AND THE FINE ARTS [21]
  • PHILOSOPHY AND WORLD PROBLEMS, Volume 1[22]
  • PHILOSOPHY AND WORLD PROBLEMS, Volume 2[23]
  • FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMICS, Volume 1 [24]
  • FUNDAMENTAL ECONOMICS, Volume 2[25]
  • GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS, Volume 1 [26]
  • GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS, Volume 2[27]
  • HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Volume 1[28]
  • HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Volume 2[29]
  • RELIGION, CULTURE, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1 [30]
  • WORLD SYSTEM HISTORY [31]
  • WORLD CIVILIZATIONS AND HISTORY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT[32]
  • NONVIOLENT ALTERNATIVES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE [33]
  • DEMOGRAPHY, Volume 1[34]
  • DEMOGRAPHY, Volume 2[35]

7. Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • DEVELOPMENT OF PHYSICS[36]
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS, Volume 1[37]
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS, Volume 2[38]
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS, Volume 3[39]
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ENERGY SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1[40]
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, ENERGY SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Volume 2[41]
  • BIOMECHANICS[42]

8. Control Systems, Robotics and Automation

  • Volume 21: ELEMENTS OF AUTOMATION AND CONTROL[43]
  • Volume 22: ROBOTICS[44]

9. Chemical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY, Volume 1[45]
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY, Volume 2[46]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, Volume 1 [47]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, Volume 2[48]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY', Volume 3[49]
  • CHEMICAL ECOLOGY[50]

10. Water Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • GROUNDWATER, Volume 1[51]
  • WASTEWATER RECYCLE, REUSE AND RECLAMATION[52]
  • WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, Volume 1[53]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH ASPECTS OF WATER TREATMENT AND SUPPLY [54]
  • WATER-RELATED EDUCATION, TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER [55]
  • WATER INTERACTIONS WITH ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD & AGRICULTURE, Volume 1 [56]

11. Compendium of Desalination and Water Resources

  • HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, Volume 1[57]
  • HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, Volume 2[58]
  • PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF WATER[59]
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS AND DESALINATION, Volume 1 [60]
  • THE DESALINATION SITE AND CIVIL WORKS [61]
  • WATER HEALTH, Volume 1[62]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH ASPECTS OF WATER TREATMENT AND SUPPLY[63]

12. Energy Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • COAL, OIL SHALE, NATURAL BITUMEN, HEAVY OIL AND PEAT, Volume 1[64]
  • NUCLEAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND REACTORS, Volume 1[65]
  • SOLAR ENERGY CONVERSION AND PHOTOENERGY SYSTEM, Volume 1[66]
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES CHARGED WITH ENERGY FROM THE SUN AND ORIGINATED FROM EARTH-MOON INTERACTION, Volume 1[67]
  • THERMAL POWER PLANTS, Volume 1[68]
  • ENERGY POLICY[69]

13. Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • HAZARDOUS WASTE[70]
  • WASTE MANAGEMENT AND MINIMIZATION[71]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS, Volume 1[72]
  • ECOLOGY, Volume 1[73]
  • ECOLOGY, Volume 2[74]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND THEIR ENFORCEMENT, Volume 1[75]

14. Food and Agricultural Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources

  • INTERACTIONS: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT, Volume 1[76]
  • THE ROLE OF FOOD, AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES IN HUMAN NUTRITION, Volume 1[77]
  • FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE, Volume 1[78]
  • FOOD QUALITY AND STANDARDS, Volume 1[79]
  • FOOD ENGINEERING, Volume 1[80]
  • ANIMAL AND PLANT PRODUCTIVITY[81]
  • PUBLIC POLICY IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE [82]
  • IMPACTS OF AGRICULTURE ON HUMAN HEALTH AND NUTRITION, Volume 1[83]
  • AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, Volume 1[84]
  • RANGE AND ANIMAL SCIENCES AND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, Volume 1[85]

15. Human Resources Policy, Development and Management

  • HUMAN RESOURCES AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1[86]
  • HUMAN RESOURCES AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT, Volume 2[87]
  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES[88]
  • QUALITY OF HUMAN RESOURCES: EDUCATION, Volume 1[89]
  • QUALITY OF HUMAN RESOURCES: EDUCATION, Volume 2 [90]
  • QUALITY OF HUMAN RESOURCES: EDUCATION, Volume 3[91]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS, Volume 1[92]
  • ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS, Volume 2[93]

16. Natural Resources Policy and Management

  • EARTH SYSTEM: HISTORY AND NATURAL VARIABILITY, Volume 1[94]
  • EARTH SYSTEM: HISTORY AND NATURAL VARIABILITY, Volume 2[95]
  • EARTH SYSTEM: HISTORY AND NATURAL VARIABILITY, Volume 3[96]
  • CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN SYSTEMS AND POLICY, Volume 1[97]
  • CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN SYSTEMS AND POLICY, Volume 2[98]
  • CLIMATE CHANGE, HUMAN SYSTEMS AND POLICY, Volume 3[99]
  • OCEANS AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Volume 1[100]
  • OCEANS AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS, Volume 2[101]

17. Development and Economic sciences

  • SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1[102]
  • SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Volume 2[103]
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND TRADE, Volume 1[104]
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, FINANCE AND TRADE, Volume 2[105]
  • INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT[106]
  • PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1[107]
  • PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Volume 2[108]
  • ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, Volume 1 [109]
  • ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, Volume 2 [110]
  • ECONOMICS OF PEACE AND SECURITY[111]

18. Institutional and Infrastructural Resources

  • INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INSTITUTIONS [112]
  • INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES INVOLVING ETHICS AND JUSTICE, Volume 1[113]
  • DEMOCRATIC GLOBAL GOVERNANCE [114]
  • NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS, INFRASTRUCTURES AND GOVERNANCE, Volume 1[115]
  • CONVENTIONS, TREATIES AND OTHER RESPONSES TO GLOBAL ISSUES, Volume 1[116]
  • CONVENTIONS, TREATIES AND OTHER RESPONSES TO GLOBAL ISSUES, Volume 2[117]

19. Technology, Information and Sytems Management Resources

  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY, Volume 1[118]
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY, Volume 2[119]
  • GLOBALIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY [120]
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE[121]
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING[122]

20. Land Use, Land Cover and Soil Sciences

  • VOLUME 1: LAND COVER, LAND USE AND THE GLOBAL CHANGE[123]

21. Area Studies (Regional Sustainable Development Reviews)

  • AREA STUDIES(REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW): BRAZIL[124]
  • AREA STUDIES (REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW): CANADA AND USA, Volume 1[125]
  • AREA STUDIES (REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW): CANADA AND USA, Volume 2[126]
  • AREA STUDIES (REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW): EUROPE [127]
  • AREA STUDIES (REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REVIEW): JAPAN[128]

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