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Climate change and air quality are two of the most pressing issues facing mankind. This book gives undergraduate and graduate students and professionals working in the science and policy of pollution, climate change and air quality a broad and up-to-date account of our understanding of the processes that occur in the atmosphere, how these are changing as our relentless use of natural resources continues and what effects these changes are having on the Earth's climate and the quality of the air we breath.
Written by an international team of experts, this text gives an excellent overview of our current understanding of the state of the Earth's atmosphere and how it is changing. It is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and professionals.
List of abbreviations, constants and nomenclature.
1. The climate of the Earth (John Lockwood).
2. The evolution of the Earth's atmosphere (Richard Wayne).
3. Solar energy and atmospheric structure (Hugh Coe).
4. Biogeochemical cycles (Dudley Shallcross).
5. Tropospheric chemistry and air pollution (Paul Monks).
6. Clouds: formation and chemistry (Peter Brimblecombe).
7. Particulate matter in the atmosphere (Paul Williams).
8. Stratospheric chemistry and ozone depletion (Rob Mackenzie). 9. Boundary layer meteorology and atmospheric dispersion (Janet Barlow).
10. Urban air pollution (Jes Fenger).
11. Climate change and global air pollution (Atul Jain). Appendix: List of websites. Index.
Nick Hewitt is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Lancaster University, UK. His main research interests are in understanding how the biosphere and the atmosphere interact: how emissions of trace gases from the biosphere affect the atmosphere, and how the changing atmospheric environment affects the biosphere. Andrea Jackson is a senior lecturer of Atmospheric Chemistry within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Leeds, UK. Her main research interests involve investigating the gas phase chemistry of oxidant species in the atmosphere and more recently the physics and chemistry of polar frost flowers and their resultant sea-salt aerosol in order to understand their impact on the atmospheric chemistry of these regions.
Overall, this book offers a comprehensive overview of many important subjects in atmospheric sciences that are interesting to environmental scientists. It makes a worthwhile addition to your shelf for a quick reference if you seek a general understanding of those topics. (Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 1 October 2010) "Hewitt and Jackson have succeeded admirably in presenting a cogent and thoughtful book... This volume is a pleasure." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2009) "With magnificent detail describing the links between atmosphere and environment, the book is a valuable reference for understanding current climate science and the debate on climate change." (Drug and Alcohol Review, September 2009)