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Overview

Most people know about the presence and health effects of pesticide residues in the water they drink. However, they may not realize the impact of atmospheric transportation and deposition of pesticides on water quality. Scientific studies of pesticides in various atmospheric matrices (air, rain, snow, aerosols, and fog) provide some of the answers.
Pesticides in the Atmosphere focuses on the review and interpretation of direct measurements of pesticides in the environment. An exhaustive compilation, the book examines hundreds of studies in detailed tabular listings, with accompanying maps that include such features as spatial and temporal domain studies, target analytes, detection limits, and compounds detected.
Working with the foundation of forty years of scientific studies, the editors synthesize this research to characterize the common threads and main conclusions. They use this information to identify where we need to improve our understanding of pesticides in the atmosphere and their significance to water quality.
Pesticides in the Atmosphere serves as a resource, text, and reference to a wide spectrum of scientists, water managers, and students. It includes extensive compilations of references, interpretive analyses and conclusions. For those not familiar with the atmospheric transportation and deposition of pesticides it provides a comprehensive introduction.

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Begins a series reviewing and analyzing the current understanding of pesticides in the water resources of the US and of the principal factors that influence contamination and transport. The expected readers include scientists, engineers, and managers in the environmental sciences; and policy makers at all levels of government. The initial volume synthesizes and evaluates most of the published research into the occurrences and behavior of pesticides in the atmosphere and how they impact water quality. Highlights the themes and conclusions that thread through the studies and identifies areas that need further investigation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Purpose
Previous Reviews
Approach
Characteristics of Studies Reviewed
General Design Features
Geographic Distribution
Matrices
Target Analytes
Analytical Detection Limits
National Distribution and Trends
Pesticides Detected
Summary of National Use
Geographic Distribution in Relation to Use
Governing Processes
Sources
Transport Processes
Removal Processes
Analysis of Key Topics: Sources and Transport
Seasonal and Local Use Patterns
Effects of Agricultural Management Practices
Urban Areas
Relative Importance of Local, Regional, and Long-Range Transport
Effects of Climate
Analysis of Key Topics: Phases, Properties, and Transformations
Influence of Chemical and Physical Properties
Phase Distribution and Transformation Reactions
Relative Importance of Wet and Dry Deposition
Sampling Method Effects on Apparent Phase Distributions
Analysis of Key Topics: Environmental Significance
Contribution to Surface-and Ground-Water
Human Health and Aquatic Life
Summary and Conclusions
References
Glossary of Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides
Index

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