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Global Atmospheric Chemical Change

  • C. N. Hewitt
  • W. T. Sturges

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Othmar Preining
    Pages 93-122
  3. Jack A. Kaye, Charles H. Jackman
    Pages 123-168
  4. Fred C. Fehsenfeld, Shaw C. Liu
    Pages 169-231
  5. Peter Brimblecombe
    Pages 233-270
  6. Patrick Buat-Ménard
    Pages 271-311
  7. E. L. Atlas, S.-M. Li, L. J. Standley, R. A. Hites
    Pages 313-381
  8. J. A. Garland, R. S. Cambray, C. E. Johnson
    Pages 383-421
  9. John Firor, Steven L. Rhodes
    Pages 423-453
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 453-470

About this book

Introduction

Air pollution has historically been viewed as a local or regional scale problem with attention focused on acute episodes such as the sulphur dioxide and smoke smogs of London in the 1950s and 1960s and the photochemical smogs of southern California first recognized by Haagen­ Smit in the early 1950s. In recent years, however, it has become apparent that human activity has, and still is, changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere on a global scale. The composition of the atmosphere has seen enormous changes due to natural processes since the formation of the planet. Data obtained from air bubbles trapped in polar ice are beginning to reveal information about these changes over the last tens of thousands of years and geochemical models of the evolution of the Earth give us insights into the changes over much longer periods of time. Perhaps the crucial differences between these natural changes and those now being induced by man are their rel­ ative rates of change. The magnitude of present day fluxes of some com­ pounds released as air pollutants is in some cases much larger than those arising naturally. In other cases, for example carbon dioxide, the an­ thropogenic emission rates are small compared with that of the natural cycle, but the kinetics of the system are such that the steady state concent­ rations of the compounds in the atmosphere are now being perturbed.

Keywords

air pollution atmosphere climate climate change ecosystem environment ozone pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • C. N. Hewitt
    • 1
  • W. T. Sturges
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental and Biological SciencesLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SciencesUniversity of ColoradoUSA
  3. 3.Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics LaboratoryNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-1864-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85166-889-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1864-4
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