Chemistry of Aquatic Systems: Local and Global Perspectives

  • Giovanni Bidoglio
  • Werner Stumm

Part of the EUROCOURSES book series (EUCE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Atmosphere — Rock — Water Interactions

  3. Metals, Nutrients and Organic Carbon

  4. The Solid-Water Interface

    1. L. Charlet
      Pages 273-305
    2. Steven A. Banwart
      Pages 307-335
  5. Transformation, Degradation and Transport of Pollutants. Spatial and Temporal Scaling

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 527-534

About this book


Aquatic systems play a salient role in the complex processes of energy and matter exchange between the geosphere and the atmosphere. For example, reactions taking place in cloud water droplets can substantially alter the atmospheric budget and chemistry of trace gases; pollution induced weathering reactions at water/soil interfaces can affect the availability of nutrients and increase the concentration of potentially toxic metals in groundwaters. Moreover, the inextricable links between the water cycle, the geosphere and the atmosphere ensure that apparently localized environmental problems have increasingly impacts in other parts of the world. To identify local-to-global scale variables associated with environmental changes, a focus must be placed on the recognition of processes, rather than a continued reliance on monitoring state variables. However, in heterogeneous aquatic systems, small scale aspects of a process under observation may not be summed directly to obtain regional estimates because of process nonlinearities with change in scale. To understand this, the integrated use of measurements across a range of scales is required.


atmosphere chemistry Cloud Coast ecosystem environment environmental change geochemistry metals ocean remote sensing Scale soil Troposphere water

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Bidoglio
    • 1
  • Werner Stumm
    • 2
  1. 1.Joint Research Centre, Environment InstituteCommission of the European CommunitiesIspraItaly
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and TechnologyEAWAGDübendorfSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4410-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1024-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-6679
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