transformity

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transformity (plural transformities)

  1. (ecology, thermodynamics) The ratio of emergy to available energy.
    • 2001, Emerging Technologies in Airconditioning and Refrigeration[1], page 46:
      Transformity increases with the increase in temperature between cold and hot reservoirs.
    • 2004, Christina Howells, French Women Philosophers: A Contemporary Reader[2]:
      Boggess (1994), studying the circulation of phosphorus in a Florida watershed, showed how the transformity zone of money circulation and market prices overlapped only the higher transformities of the circulation of phosphorus.
    • 2016, Sven E. Jørgensen, Handbook of Ecological Indicators for Assessment of Ecosystem Health[3], page 100:
      When an ecological network is expressed as a series of energy flows and transformation steps where the transformation steps are represented as Lindeman efficiencies, the resulting transformities represent trophic convergence and a measure of the amount of solar energy required to produce each level in the hierarchy.

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