Air Pollution Calculations

Air Pollution Calculations

Quantifying Pollutant Formation, Transport, Transformation, Fate and Risks

1st Edition - May 3, 2019

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  • Author: Daniel Vallero
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149355
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149348

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Air Pollution Calculations introduces the equations and formulae that are most important to air pollution, but goes a step further. Most texts lack examples of how these equations and formulae apply to the quantification of real-world scenarios and conditions. The ample example calculations apply to current air quality problems, including emission inventories, risk estimations, biogeochemical cycling assessments, and efficiencies in air pollution control technologies. In addition, the book explains thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in step-by-step and understandable calculations using air quality and multimedia modeling, reliability engineering and engineering economics using practical examples likely to be encountered by scientists, engineers, managers and decision makers. The book touches on the environmental variables, constraints and drivers that can influence pollutant mass, volume and concentrations, which in turn determine toxicity and adverse outcomes caused by air pollution. How the pollutants form, move, partition, transform and find their fate are explained using the entire range of atmospheric phenomena. The control, prevention and mitigation of air pollution are explained based on physical, chemical and biological principles which is crucial to science-based policy and decision-making. Users will find this to be a comprehensive, single resource that will help them understand air pollution, quantify existing data, and help those whose work is impacted by air pollution.

Key Features

  • Explains air pollution in a comprehensive manner, enabling readers to understand how to measure and assess risks to human populations and ecosystems actually or potentially exposed to air pollutants
  • Covers air pollution from a multivariate, systems approach, bringing in atmospheric processes, health impacts, environmental impacts, controls and prevention
  • Facilitates an understanding of broad factors, like climate and transport, that influence patterns and change in pollutant concentrations, both spatially and over time


Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, researchers and professionals in environmental science and environmental, civil and chemical engineering, ecology, environmental management, sustainability, urban planning, pollution/air quality related public health or related fields engaging in air pollution issues. Public/private sector environmental consultants and others who need to quantify specific air pollution problems and situations will find the examples useful

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Atmospheric Phenomena
    3. Air Pollution
    4. Sources
    5. Pollutant Transport
    6. Transformation
    7. Human Receptors
    8. Ecological Receptors
    9. Materials
    10. Air Pollution Controls and Prevention
    11. Policy and Decision Making
    12. The Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 568
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: May 3, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149355
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149348

About the Author

Daniel Vallero

Daniel Vallero
Professor Daniel A. Vallero is an internationally recognized author and expert in environmental science and engineering. He has devoted decades to conducting research, teaching, and mentoring future scientists and engineers. He is currently developing tools and models to predict potential exposures to chemicals in consumer products. He is a full adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He has authored 20 environmental textbooks, with the most recent addressing the importance of physical principles in environmental science and engineering. His books have addressed all environmental compartments and media within the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, NC, USA

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