Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere

Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere

Theory, Experiments, and Applications

1st Edition - November 10, 1999

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  • Authors: Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, James Pitts, Jr.
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080529073

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Here is the most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of one of the hottest areas of chemical research. The treatment of fundamental kinetics and photochemistry will be highly useful to chemistry students and their instructors at the graduate level, as well as postdoctoral fellows entering this new, exciting, and well-funded field with a Ph.D. in a related discipline (e.g., analytical, organic, or physical chemistry, chemical physics, etc.). Chemistry of the Upper and Lower Atmosphere provides postgraduate researchers and teachers with a uniquely detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative resource. The text bridges the "gap" between the fundamental chemistry of the earth's atmosphere and "real world" examples of its application to the development of sound scientific risk assessments and associated risk management control strategies for both tropospheric and stratospheric pollutants.

Key Features

  • Serves as a graduate textbook and "must have" reference for all atmospheric scientists
  • Provides more than 5000 references to the literature through the end of 1998
  • Presents tables of new actinic flux data for the troposphere and stratospher (0-40km)
  • Summarizes kinetic and photochemical date for the troposphere and stratosphere
  • Features problems at the end of most chapters to enhance the book's use in teaching
  • Includes applications of the OZIPR box model with comprehensive chemistry for student use


Researchers, professors, and graduate students in chemistry and specifically atmospheric chemistry.

Table of Contents

  • Overview of the Chemistry of Polluted and Remote Atmospheres. The Atmospheric System. Spectroscopy and Photochemistry: Fundamentals. Photochemistry of Important Atmospheric Species. Kinetics and Atmospheric Chemistry. Rates and Mechanisms of Gas-Phase Reactions in Irradiated Organic-NOx-Air Mixtures. Chemistry of Inorganic Nitrogen Compounds. Acid Deposition: Formation and Fates of Inorganic and Organic Acids in the Troposphere. Particles in the Troposphere. Airborne Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Their Derivatives: Atmospheric Chemistry and Toxicological Implications. Analytical Methods and Typical Atmospheric Concentrations for Gases and Particles. Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Chemistry in the Stratosphere. Scientific Basis for Control of Halogenated Organics. Global Tropospheric Chemistry and Climate Change. Indoor Air Pollution: Sources, Levels, Chemistry, and Fates. Applications of Atmospheric Chemistry: Air Pollution Control Strategies and Risk Assessments for Tropospheric Ozone and Associated Photochemical Oxidants, Acids, Particles, and Hazardous Air Pollutants. Appendix I: Enthalpies of Formation of Some Gaseous Molecules, Atoms, and Free Radicals at 298 K. Appendix II: Bond Dissociation Energies. Appendix III: Running the OZIPR Model. Appendix IV: Some Relevant Web Sites. Appendix V: Pressures and Temperatures for Standard Atmosphere. Appendix VI: Answers to Selected Problems. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1999
  • Published: November 10, 1999
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080529073

About the Authors

Barbara Finlayson-Pitts

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California at Irvine; School of Physical Sciences, U.S.A.

James Pitts, Jr.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California at Irvine; School of Physical Sciences, U.S.A.

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