Chemistry and Physics of Stratospheric Ozone

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Overview

The Chemistry and Physics of Stratospheric Ozone is a reference and textbook focusing on chemical and physical processes that determine the abundance of stratospheric ozone. The presentations assume knowledge of the atmosphere at the level of an advanced undergraduate in atmospheric sciences, but no specialized knowledge of chemistry or the stratosphere is required.
The first part of the book discusses the fundamentals of stratospheric-ozone research, including kinetics, the continuity equation, the concept of lifetimes, and co-ordinate systems. The second part describes the processes that affect stratospheric ozone: chemical production and loss and transport by the circulation of the stratosphere. Catalytic loss is extensively discussed, and the mechanisms that determine the abundance of the important ozone-destroying radicals are thoroughly documented. To conclude, the author examines the causes of the Antarctic "ozone hole" and the effects of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo on the stratosphere. In particular, these perturbations to the stratosphere are used as examples of the feedbacks and interactions between the various processes that work to regulate the abundance of stratospheric ozone.

Audience: Undergraduates, graduate students, snd researchers in atmospheric sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Andrew Dessler has produced a useful and succinct text aimed at advanced-level undergraduates or starting post-graduates with no specialist knowledge of the stratosphere."
—CONTEMPORARY PHYSICS
"The heart of the book addresses. . .the fundamentals of stratospheric chemistry, ozone production loss, chemical families and partitioning, and transport of ozone. These chapters rise well above the competition, with clear explanations and crisply designed figures based on 1990s-era satellite observations and modeling results. Dessler's book will find wide use as a graduate-level text and reference for researchers, and a second edition could be stellar."
—CHOICE, 2001
"...does an excellent job of acquainting readers with the tools and terminology of current stratospheric ozone research in a highly intuitive fashion. Adding to its usefulness, the book contains a number of problems and "asides" that deal directly with common public misperceptions about ozone.... It should serve well as a college course supplement to one of the available general atmospheric science textbooks or as a concise reference in the stratospheric specialist's bookshelf."
—EOS, 2001
EOS Transactions Of The American Geophysical Union
...does an excellent job of acquainting readers with the tools and terminology of current stratospheric ozone research in a highly intuitive fashion.
Booknews
Finding that the rate of new discoveries and theories about stratospheric ozone has slowed over the past few years, Dessler (earth system science, U. of Maryland) decided it was safe to attempt a textbook that would not be out of date before it was printed. He explains the current understanding of the physical processes that regulate stratospheric ozone, assuming knowledge of the atmosphere at the level of an advanced undergraduate in atmospheric sciences, but no specialized knowledge of chemistry or the stratosphere. A glossary explains what terms mean but not how to pronounce them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780122120510
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/15/2000
  • Series: International Geophysics Series , #74
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 1,295,405
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Dessler received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1994. He did his postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard and has been a research scientist at the University of Maryland since 1996. His work on stratospheric ozone ranges from building instruments and participating in field campaigns to analyzing satellite data and working with models of the stratosphere.

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