Atmospheric Chemistry, Modeling, and Biogeochemistry of Mercury
by Selin, N.E.
Mercury in the Environment: Pattern and Process, M.S. Banks, ed., (Chapter 5) pp. 73-80, 2012
This chapter addresses the atmospheric chemistry and transport of mercury. It begins with an overview of the global biogeochemical budget of mercury, with particular attention to fluxes into and out of the atmosphere. It then surveys the different forms of atmospheric mercury and their distribution in the atmosphere. This includes the oxidation and reduction reactions that alter the form and properties of atmospheric mercury, and the wet and dry deposition processes that control its deposition to ecosystems. This is followed by a brief survey of atmospheric models that have been used in combination with measurements to further scientific understanding of atmospheric mercury. The chapter concludes by summarizing future challenges for atmospheric mercury research.
© 2012 by the Regents of the University of California. Published by the University of California Press.
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