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Pollution of the Upper Atmosphere

  • Walter Dieminger
  • Gerd K. Hartmann
  • Reinhart Leitinger

Abstract

Basically, air pollution may be defined as “any atmospheric condition in which substances are present at concentrations high enough above their normal ambient levels to produce a measurable effect on man, animals, vegetation or materials, with substances meaning any natural or man-made chemical elements or compounds capable of being airborne, which may exist in the atmosphere as gases, liquid drops or solid particles” (Seinfeld 1986). Whereas in the past decades atmospheric pollution could be considered as a local and temporal limited phenomenon characteristic of large urban centres and industrial regions, in recent years the principal pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere has become a matter of world-wide concern and dramatically increasing ecological and political importance.

Keywords

Stratospheric Ozone Methyl Chloride Fire Extinguisher Ozone Molecule Atmospheric Lifetime 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Dieminger
    • 1
  • Gerd K. Hartmann
    • 1
  • Reinhart Leitinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für AeronomieKatlenburg-LindauGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Meteorologie und GeophysikUniversität GrazGrazAustria

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