Hi group, I'm a theoretical ecologist with fairly adequate training in applied math (ODE, linear algebra, applied probability, some PDEs). In my current work, I've encountered the use of adiabatic approximation to a joint probability distribution of two ever-fluctuating spatial variables. A search on the web shows that this method is primarily found in thermodynamics, a field I'm wholly ignorant of. Is there any document/textbook one would recommend that can explain the technique to me given my background? Of course, it'd also be fantastic if someone can clarify the concept for me here on the board.

THANKS!