Its eight chapters are divided between four sections. The first section categorises the types of problems that may be encountered, and describes the skills which will help to find the solution. The second section deals with natural ecosystems and environmental resources. This provides a sound base for understanding the third section, on human impacts, and the fourth section, which deals with devising programmes to manage the environment and cope with the impacts. Within each chapter, a range of problems are set which not only can be used for tutorials and problem-solving classes but which also illustrate many of the underlying principles of environmental biology. The book may therefore be used in conjunction with traditional courses in environmental biology both to encourage active learning and to assess students' understanding. For this reason, reference is made in each problem to chapters in one or more standard text books or research papers. These can provide the interested student with a wider background to the scientific basis of the problem than can be given here and may present the results of other studies.
The annotated solutions to each of the problems are presented at the end of each chapter, so that the student can attempt the solutions before turning to the answers.