Atmospheric Pollution and Environmental Change

By Sarah Metcalfe, Dick Derwent

© 2005 – Routledge

208 pages

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Paperback: 9780340719596
pub: 2005-04-29
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About the Book

Atmospheric Pollution and Environmental Change is an introduction to the major pollutants causing concern today, a description of their sources and how their emissions and concentrations have changed through time.

Approaching atmospheric change in the context of its effects on the natural environment, people and the global climate system, Atmospheric Pollution and Environmental Change examines:

·Atmospheric pollution at global, continental and local scales

·The development of policy at national and international levels

·The uses of computer models to help us understand and forecast the behaviour of pollutants and their impacts

·The success (or otherwise) of policies designed to reduce air pollution and the prospects for the future.

With extensive references to useful web sites and further reading, Atmospheric Pollution and Environmental Change will be of great benefit to senior undergraduate and postgraduate students.


'This book is an authoritative but accessible synthesis of environmental pollution as a major cause of environmental change … …a very useful book that addresses many of the issues covered by atmospheric pollution in a very accessible way… I found this book as complete and informative as possible and of utmost importance to interested readers, whatever their background or motivations.'

International Journal of Environment and Pollution

"I found this book an excellent introduction to the topic with a highly informative distillation of some key observed trends and future model predictions."

The Geographical Journal

Table of Contents

Identifying atmospheric pollution
The global atmosphere
Regional scale air pollution
Urban air quality
Modelling atmospheric pollution and environmental change
Pollution regulation
Successes, surprises and outstanding issues

About the Authors

Sarah Metcalfe is Professor of Earth and Environmental Dynamics in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Dick Derwent is an independent consultant and has worked for over thirty years on air pollution and atmospheric chemistry. He has worked in major research organisations and for the UK government in developing and implementing air pollution policies. He was a contributor to the IPCC Working Group 1 3rd assessment.

Both authors have served on a number of review and expert groups on air pollution issues for the UK government.

About the Series

Key Issues in Environmental Change

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography