Air Pollution

Sources, Impacts and Controls

January 2019
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    31st January 2019
  • ISBN 9781786393890
  • Language English
  • Pages 216 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.6"
  • Images color graphs, charts & figures

The problem of air pollution has become a global issue, driven by rapid economic growth, industrialization, and urbanization. Pollutants directly emitted into the atmosphere include nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxides, particulate matter (PM), volatile organic compounds, carbonaceous particles, dust, and sea-salt. Secondary pollutants, formed in the atmosphere, include tropospheric ozone and secondary PM. Emissions can come from various sources including fossil fuel production, distribution and consumption, industrial processes, domestic and agricultural activities, and open biomass burning. Natural biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds also contribute to tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosol production.

This book will give the reader a better understanding of both anthropogenic and biogenic pollutant emissions and their effects. It describes the most recent innovations in methods used to quantify air pollution and the strategies being used to alleviate poor air quality. A brief background on air pollution is followed by a discussion of global anthropogenic and biogenic emissions from various sources and their role in deteriorating air quality. Megacities are emphasized and possible pollution control measures and methods of air pollution measurement and modelling are explained. An overview of indices used for assessing air quality with a focus on health impacts, and a discussion of technologies and policies to control air pollution are also included.

This book is aimed at students of environmental and atmospheric science, chemistry and biology. It is also essential reading for environmental consultants, and air quality researchers.

1: Introduction
2: Anthropogenic Sources of Air Pollution
3: Biogenic Sources of Air Pollution
4: Transport of Air Pollutants
5: Methods for Measurement of Air Pollutants
6: Air Pollution Modelling Aspects: An Overview
7: Indices used for Assessment of Air Quality
8: Impact of Air Pollution on the Environment and Economy
9: Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health
10: Air Pollution in Mega Cities
11: Cost Effective Technologies used to Curb Air Pollution:
12: Chemical and Isotopic Characterization of Atmospheric Contaminants
13: Air Pollution Control by Policies and Laws

Pallavi Saxena

Pallavi Saxena is an Assistant Professor at University of Delhi, India.

Vaishali Naik

Vaishali Naik is at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.