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Handbook of weather, climate, and water : atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, and societal impacts
Potter, Thomas D., 1955-
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Interscience, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxix, 966 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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QC861.3 .P67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water: Atmospheric Chemistry, Hydrology, and Societal Impacts is the first of two stand-alone volumes that will be landmarks in the meteorological literature for many years to come. Each volume encompasses both fundamental topics and critical issues that have recently surfaced in studies of the hydrosphere and atmosphere. Renowned experts have contributed to every part of this handbook. Each overview chapter is followed by topic-specific chapters written by specialists who present comprehensive discussions at a greater level of detail and complexity.

The Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water: Atmospheric Chemistry, Hydrology, and Societal Impacts covers topics that are essential for grasping the scientific bases of major issues such as global climate warming, the ozone hole, acid rain, floods, droughts, and other natural disasters. Cross-references between chapters allow readers to easily pursue a specific interest beyond a particular subtopic or individual chapter.

Other topics include:

Aerosols and smog Cloud chemistry Greenhouse gases Remote sensing techniques in hydrology Hydrologic forecasting and simulation Tropical deforestation effects on the climate system Societal impacts of the El Ni#65533;o phenomenon

The Handbook of Weather, Climate, and Water: Atmospheric Chemistry, Hydrology, and Societal Impacts will be an essential addition to the libraries of professionals and academics in the environmental sciences, and a valuable source book for university and technical libraries throughout the world.

Author Notes

THOMAS D. POTTER , PhD, is Professor of Meteorology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Director of NOAA Cooperative Institute for Regional Prediction.

BRADLEY R. COLMAN , ScD, is Science Operations Officer for the National Weather Association in Seattle, Washington, and holds affiliate faculty positions with the University of Washington and the University of Idaho.
Both are Fellows of the American Meteorology Society.

Table of Contents

Section I Atmospheric Chemistry
1 Overview: Atmospheric ChemistryJack Fishman
1 Stratospheric Chemistry: Understanding the Ozone Layer
2 Tropospheric Chemistry: A Complex Interaction of Biogeochemical Cycles
3 Global Carbon Cycle
4 Global Carbon Budget
5 Atmospheric Chemistry within Global Carbon Cycle
6 Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxides, and Oxidizing Capacity of Troposphere
7 Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Warming
8 Stratosphere-Troposphere Chemical and Climate Interaction
9 Stratosphere-Trophosphere Exchange
2 Oxidizing Power of AtmosphereDaniel J. Jacob
1 Introduction
2 Hydroxyl Radical OH.3 Other Atmospheric Oxidants
3 Tropospheric OzoneJack Fishman
1 Introduction
2 Chemistry of Tropospheric Ozone Formation
3 Global Distribution of Tropospheric Ozone
4 Tropospheric Ozone Trends in Nonurban Troposphere
5 Global Tropospheric Ozone Budget
6 Current Understanding of Tropospheric Ozone Budget
4 Nitrogen Oxides and other Reactive Nitrogen SpeciesJ. H. Crawford and J. D. Bradshaw and D. D. Davis and S. C. Liu
1 Introduction
2 Chemical Transformations and Speciation of Reactive Nitrogen
3 Sources of Reactive Nitrogen
4 Tropospheric Distribution of Reactive Nitrogen
5 Carbon Monoxide in the AtmospherePaul Novelli
1 Measurement Techniques
2 Global CO Distributions
3 Global CO Budget
4 Tropospheric Trends
6 Atmospheric MethaneM. A. K. Khalil and M. J. Shearer
1 Introduction
2 Atmospheric Observations
3 Mass Balance
4 Sources and Sinks
5 Past and Present Trends
6 Discussion and Commentary
7 Biogenic Nonmethane HydrocarbonsMarcy E. Litvak
1 Introduction
2 Biogenic NMVOCs
3 Regional and Global Distribution of Biogenic NMVOC Emissions
4 Summary and Conclusions
8 Atmospheric SulfurD. D. Davis and G. Chen and M. Chin
1 Introduction
2 Chemical Forms, Sources, and Concentration Levels
3 Transformations
4 Global Distributions of SO2 and Sulfate
5 Stratospheric Sulfur
9 Convective TransportKenneth E. Pickering
1 Introduction
2 Observations
3 Modeling
4 Summary
10 Boundary Layer Processes and Flux MeasurementsDonald H. Lenschow
1 Introduction
2 Boundary Layer Evolution
3 Structure of the Boundary Layer
4 Scales and Processes
5 Observational Techniques
11 Sources and Composition of Aerosol ParticlesRichard Arimoto
1 Introduction
2 Mechanically Generated Aerosols
3 Sources Producing Primary and Secondary Particles
4 Concluding Remarks
12 Aerosols: Formation And Microphysics in the TroposphereJohn H. Seinfeld
1 Introduction
2 Particle Size Distribution
3 Residence Times of Particles in the Troposphere
4 Tropospheric Aerosols
5 Aerosol Microphysics
6 Conclusion
13 Photochemical Smog: Ozone and its PrecursorsSanford Sillman
1 Introduction
2 General Features of Photochemical Smog
3 Relation between Ozone, NOx, and Hydrocarbons
4 Chemistry of Ozone Formation
14 Biomass BurningAnne M. Thompson
1 Introduction
2 Chemical Reactions: Ozone Formation and Effects of Fires on Atmospheric Oxidizing Capacity
3 Results of Tropical Field Campaigns
4 Remote Sensing
15 Acid Rain and DepositionWilliam B. Grant
1 Introduction
2 Sources
3 Transformation
4 Transport
5 Deposition
6 Measurement
7 Intensive Study Programs
8 Global Trends in Emissions and Deposition
9 Soil Changes
10 Effects of Forests, Aquatic