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Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere

Emissions, Measurements and Models

  • Robert Mason
  • Nicola Pirrone

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Nicola Pirrone, Sergio Cinnirella, Xinbin Feng, Robert B. Finkelman, Hans R. Friedli, Joy Leaner et al.
    Pages 1-47
  3. David G Streets, Jiming Hao, Shuxiao Wang, Ye Wu
    Pages 51-65
  4. Xinbin Feng, David Streets, Jiming Hao, Ye Wu, Guanghui Li
    Pages 67-79
  5. Arun B. Mukherjee, Prosun Bhattacharya, Atanu Sarkar, Ron Zevenhoven
    Pages 81-112
  6. Joy J. Leaner, James M. Dabrowski, Robert P. Mason, Tabby Resane, Marguerite Richardson, Martin Ginster et al.
    Pages 113-130
  7. Kevin H. Telmer, Marcello M. Veiga
    Pages 131-172
  8. Hans R. Friedli, Avelino F. Arellano Jr, Sergio Cinnirella, Nicola Pirrone
    Pages 193-220
  9. Ralf Ebinghaus, Catharine Banic, Steve Beauchamp, Dan Jaffe, Hans Herbert Kock, Nicola Pirrone et al.
    Pages 223-291
  10. Aurélien Dommergue, Christophe P. Ferrari, Marc Amyot, Steve Brooks, Francesca Sprovieri, Alexandra Steffen
    Pages 293-321
  11. Francesca Sprovieri, Nicola Pirrone, Robert P. Mason, Maria Andersson
    Pages 323-380
  12. Noriyuki Suzuki, Yasuyuki Shibata, Koyo Ogasawara
    Pages 381-390
  13. Gerald J. Keeler, Nicola Pirrone, Russel Bullock, Sanford Sillman
    Pages 391-424
  14. Ashu P. Dastoor, Didier Davignon
    Pages 519-532
  15. Lyatt Jaeglé, Sarah A. Strode, Noelle E. Selin, Daniel J. Jacob
    Pages 533-545
  16. Gerlinde Jung, Ian M. Hedgecock, Nicola Pirrone
    Pages 547-569

About this book


Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere highlights major issues related to the interactions of mercury with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and evaluates the relative contribution of anthropogenic and natural sources to the global atmospheric mercury budget. This book provides a state-of-the-art overview on different aspects related to mercury emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources, the evaluation of mercury concentrations and fluxes in different regions of the world, and global atmospheric mercury models currently used to assess spatial distributions of mercury compounds in ambient air and source-receptor relationships. The preparation of this book has been made possible thanks to the contributions of all members of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research (UNEP-MFTP), and of more than 70 scientists from leading universities and research institutions recognized as worldwide experts on different aspects related to emissions, monitoring and modeling mercury in the atmosphere and other environmental compartments. Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere is intended to provide a scientific support to nations and the UNEP Governing Council that have been asked to shape the most efficient and economic concerted actions to reduce the impact of mercury contamination on human health and the environment.


China India Japan South Africa ecosystem ecosystems ecotoxicology emissions environment environmental sciences mercury emissions mercury monitoring mining polar regions pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Mason
  • Nicola Pirrone

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About the editors

Nicola Pirrone is Director of the Institute for Atmospheric Pollution of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IIA) and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences of the University of Michigan. He is Chair of the UNEP Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research, Chair of the WG on Global Atmospheric Mercury Models Intercomparison within the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants (TF HTAP) of the UN-ECE-LRTAP convention and Chair of the CEN-TC264 WG that is preparing the European Standard Methods for monitoring mercury concentrations in ambient air and precipitations. He has been Chair of the European WG that prepared the "Air Quality Position Paper on Mercury" that is one of the scientific background documents of the Forth Air Quality Daughter Directive of the European Union. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on different topics associated to atmospheric transport, chemistry and policy relevant issues related to major at-mospheric pollutants.

Robert Mason is a Professor at the University of Connecticut with a joint appointment in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Chemistry. His research focus is the cycling of mercury in the biosphere with emphasis on the atmosphere and on air-sea exchange and redox reactions in the atmospheric boundary layer and the surface ocean. In addition, his research has a focus on mercury methylation in coastal ecosystems and other environments. Mason has an active research group with currently 4 PhD students and a post-doc. He is the author/coauthor of about 100 papers on mercury and is actively involved in a number of national and international mercury initiatives. Mason obtained his undergraduate and Master's degree in South Africa and his PhD at the University of Connecticut in 1991. He was a professor at the University of Maryland before returning to the University of Connecticut in 2005.

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