Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Emissions, Measurements and Models / Edition 1

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Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere highlights major issues related to the interactions of mercury with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and evaluates the relative contribution of anthropogenic and natural sources to the global atmospheric mercury budget. This book provides a state-of-the-art overview on different aspects related to mercury emissions from natural and anthropogenic sources, the evaluation of mercury concentrations and fluxes in different regions of the world, and global atmospheric mercury models currently used to assess spatial distributions of mercury compounds in ambient air and source-receptor relationships. The preparation of this book has been made possible thanks to the contributions of all members of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research (UNEP-MFTP), and of more than 70 scientists from leading universities and research institutions recognized as worldwide experts on different aspects related to emissions, monitoring and modeling mercury in the atmosphere and other environmental compartments. Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere is intended to provide a scientific support to nations and the UNEP Governing Council that have been asked to shape the most efficient and economic concerted actions to reduce the impact of mercury contamination on human health and the environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387939575
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 637
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Pirrone is Director of the Institute for Atmospheric Pollution of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IIA) and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences of the University of Michigan. He is Chair of the UNEP Global Partnership for Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research, Chair of the WG on Global Atmospheric Mercury Models Intercomparison within the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollutants (TF HTAP) of the UN-ECE-LRTAP convention and Chair of the CEN-TC264 WG that is preparing the European Standard Methods for monitoring mercury concentrations in ambient air and precipitations. He has been Chair of the European WG that prepared the "Air Quality Position Paper on Mercury" that is one of the scientific background documents of the Forth Air Quality Daughter Directive of the European Union. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on different topics associated to atmospheric transport, chemistry and policy relevant issues related to major at-mospheric pollutants.

Robert Mason is a Professor at the University of Connecticut with a joint appointment in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Chemistry. His research focus is the cycling of mercury in the biosphere with emphasis on the atmosphere and on air-sea exchange and redox reactions in the atmospheric boundary layer and the surface ocean. In addition, his research has a focus on mercury methylation in coastal ecosystems and other environments. Mason has an active research group with currently 4 PhD students and a post-doc. He is the author/coauthor of about 100 papers on mercury and is actively involved in a number of national and international mercury initiatives. Mason obtained his undergraduate and Master's degree in South Africa and his PhD at the University of Connecticut in 1991. He was a professor at the University of Maryland before returning to the University of Connecticut in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Global mercury emissions to the atmosphere from natural and anthropogenic sources.- Mercury emissions from coal combustion in China.- Mercury emissions from industrial sources in China.- Mercury emissions from industrial sources in India….- Mercury emissions from point sources in South Africa.- World emissions of mercury from artisanal and small scale gold mining…- Mercury emissions from natural processes…- Mercury emissions from global biomass burning….- Spatial coverage and temporal trends of land-based atmospheric mercury measurements in the northern and southern hemispheres.- Spatial coverage and temporal trends of atmospheric mercury measurements in the polar regions.- Spatial coverage and temporal trends of over-water, surface, air-surface exchange and deep sea water mercury measurements.- Monitoring and modeling projects for fate of mercury species in Japan.- The need for coordinated global mercury monitoring network….- Our current understanding of major chemical and physical processes affecting mercury dynamics…- Mercury chemical transformation in the gas, aqueous and heterogeneous phases….- Importance of a global scale approach to using regional models….- Global mercury modeling at Environment Canada.- The GEOS-Chem model.- The ECHMERIT model.- The EMEP/MSC-E mercury modeling system.- The AER/EPRI Global Chemical Transport Model for Mercury (CTM-Hg).

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