Introduction To Air Pollution Science / Edition 1

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This unique textbook examines the basic health and environmental issues associated with air pollution including the relevant toxicology and epidemiology. It provides a foundation for the sampling and analysis of air pollutants as well as an understanding of international air quality regulations. Written for upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in air pollution, the book is also a valuable desk reference for practicing professionals who need to have a broad understanding of the topic.

Key features:
- Provides the most up-to-date coverage of the basic health and environmental issues associated with air pollution.
- Offers a broader examination of air pollution topics, beyond just the meteorological and engineering aspects of air pollution.
- Includes the following Instructor Resources: Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint Presentations, and a TestBank.

The Phalens have put together a timely book on a critically important topic that affects all of us -- air pollution – and they do so in a new and highly relevant way: they consider the broad societal health impacts from a fundamental science viewpoint. The epidemiology, toxicology, and risks of air pollutants are included, and ethical issues of concern are highlighted. This book is a must-read for students who wish to become professionals in the air quality field and for students of environmental science whose work includes air pollution issues. The book is a significant contribution to the discipline."

- Cliff I. Davidson, Director, Center for Sustainable Engineering; Thomas C. and Colleen L. Wilmot Professor of Engineering, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

"Truly, human well-being and public health in the 21st century may hinge on our ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, control, and confirm responsible management of air pollution. This timely, informative, and insightful text provides a solid introduction for students and a technically sound handbook for professionals seeking literacy and critical thinking, real-life examples, understanding (not just rote applications), opportunities for continuous improvement, and modern tools for assessing and managing current and evolving air pollution challenges."

- Mark D. Hoover, PhD, CHP, CIH
Aerosol and health science researcher, author, and editor

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Describing the environmental issues associated with air pollution and its impact on public health, this very serious book embraces both the public health concern question and the basic science perspective. Air pollution science is somewhat unique in that it subsumes many scientific and engineering subdisciplines.
Purpose: The authors hope to provide readers with a solid grasp of the dynamic field of air pollution. The book is quite straightforward in terms of providing a public health perspective that variously emphasizes air pollution impacts while placing them in the context of many public health concerns such as nutrition and infectious diseases.
Audience: The expected audience includes graduate students as well as professionals in the field. Given the partnership of the publisher with the American Public Health Association, I would expect considerable readership interest in the broader public health community.
Features: Each chapter consists of 7 to 10 subsections, with the first an introduction and the last three always a summary, quiz, and discussion topics. In total, there about 150 distinguishable subsections: introduction (history, disasters, modern issues, scope and summary); sources and emissions (measurements, sources and emissions, transport, summary and a quiz); properties (particle basics, morphology and toxicity, gas and vapors, photochemical reactions, primary and secondary pollutants, uncertainties...); sampling and analysis (quality assurance and statistics, human air sampler, particle sampling and analysis, gas sampling and analysis...); visibility climate and the ozone layer (climate and air pollution, stratospheric ozone...); regulation and abatement (regulatory agencies and standards, trends and benefits, abatement, control, case studies); human exposures (breathing, respiratory tract compartments, deposition...); effects on human health (sources of health data, susceptible populations...); toxicology studies (air pollution toxicology, in vitro studies and mechanisms, animal studies, human clinical studies, exposure methods, unsolved problems); epidemiology and air pollution (concepts and types of epidemiology studies, susceptible subpopulations; and risk assessment (hazard identification, assessments, risk characterization and communication; ethical considerations (branch of philosophy, human and animal subjects research ethics, professional and practical ethics).
Assessment: This book arrives in an era that is somewhat unrivaled in terms of interest in air pollution topics. Global assessments of all disease and public health challenges have recently listed air pollution, primarily particulate issues, as a top-10 status. So the authors' economical use of words in producing a comprehensive book that is short of an encyclopedia but much more than a single issue treatise has a lot to offer. I will continue to recommend it to colleagues who teach in these subject areas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763780449
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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