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The Atmospheric Chemist S Companion


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Preface 1. Fundamental Quantities and Units2. Data Regarding the Earth3. Structure of the Atmosphere4. Trace Gases in the Atmosphere5. The Atmospheric Aerosol6. Gas Phase Photochemistry7. Rate Coefficients for Gas-Phase Reactions8. Aqueous Phase Chemistry9. The Upper Atmosphere10. Measurement Techniques for Atmospheric Trace Species11. Glossary of Atmospheric Chemistry TermsIndex

About the Author

Peter Warneck, a physical chemist specializing in atmospheric chemistry, received the diploma in 1954 and the doctorate in 1956 at the university in Bonn, Germany. In 1959, following several postdoctoral assignments, he joined the GCA Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he explored elementary processes in the atmospheres of the earth and other planets. He returned to Germany in 1970 to head the chemical kinetics group in the Air Chemistry Division of the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. In 1974 he also became professor of physical chemistry at the university in Mainz. In 1991, following German reunification, Warneck was appointed the founding director of the new Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig. He served in this position parallel to his activities in Mainz until official retirement. Warneck's research included laboratory studies of chemical mechanisms and photochemistry as well as the development of analytical techniques for field measurements. Since 1990, his interests are focused on chemical reactions in clouds.Jonathan Williams is an atmospheric chemist. He received his BSc in Chemistry and French and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, England. Between 1995-1997 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the NOAA Aeronomy laboratory in Boulder, USA, and from 1998 to present as a member of staff at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany. He has participated in many international field measurement campaigns on aircraft, ships and at ground stations. Dr Williams is currently an editor on three atmospheric chemistry journals. His present research involves investigating the chemistry of reactive organic species in the atmosphere, in particular over forested ecosystems and in the marine boundary layer. Dr Williams leads a research group focussed specifically on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) at the Max Planck Institute and in 2008 he was made an honorary Reader at the University of East Anglia, UK.


From the reviews:

"The authors did an excellent job in achieving their aim of assembling, in one handy volume, frequently needed fundamental data and observational data on the structure and the chemical composition of Earth's atmosphere. ... Warneck and Williams have compiled a comprehensive reference book for both experienced researchers and beginning graduate students in atmospheric science. This book is a welcome addition to atmospheric scientists' bookshelves." (Jian Zhen Yu, Environmental Chemistry, Vol. 10 (5), 2013)

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