Pesticides in the Atmosphere: Distribution, Trends, and Governing Factors, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Pesticides in the Atmosphere

Distribution, Trends, and Governing Factors, 1st Edition

By Michael S. Majewski, Paul D. Capel

CRC Press

228 pages

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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.



"…a very complete compilation of the available studies on a broad array of pesticides…"

- Dr. James Pankow, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology

Table of Contents



Previous Reviews


Characteristics of Studies Reviewed

General Design Features

Geographic Distribution


Target Analytes

Analytical Detection Limits

National Distribution and Trends

Pesticides Detected

Summary of National Use

Geographic Distribution in Relation to Use

Governing Processes


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


Glossary of Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides


About the Authors/Editor

Michael S. Majewski, U.S. Geological Survey, Sacramento, California Paul D. Capel, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Paul, Minnesota

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General