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Atmospheric Chemistry, Modeling, and Biogeochemistry of Mercury

Noelle Eckley Selin

in Mercury in the Environment

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271630
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951396 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271630.003.0005
Atmospheric Chemistry, Modeling, and Biogeochemistry of Mercury

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Current knowledge about the atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry of environmental mercury is summarized and analyzed. The global budget of mercury is described, including emission and deposition processes. Oxidation and reduction of mercury in the atmosphere and associated uncertainties are discussed. Global models of mercury fate and transport are introduced. Future challenges for atmospheric mercury identified in this chapter include reducing uncertainties in the global budget, understanding atmospheric redox reactions, and integrating models for policy applications.

Keywords: mercury; global budget; atmosphere; biogeochemistry; oxidation; reduction; deposition; uncertainties

Chapter.  5912 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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