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Atmospheric chemistry: Advancing on many fronts into the age of global change

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Atmospheric haze, noxious air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, and global warming are the results of emissions of both natural and human origin and extensive chemical transformations in the atmosphere. These deleterious effects directly impact human health and world ecosystems, thus generating powerful economic and political forces. To develop policies to mitigate these global environmental threats, accurate chemical models are needed. However, the scientific challenges are enormous because of the large variety of chemical species, chemical reactions, and physical conditions that exist in the atmosphere. Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry helps individual scientists stay abreast of the latest advances and a huge literature by providing an authoritative venue with wide coverage of important new advances among the diverse branches of this active discipline.

From the early days, atmospheric chemists have investigated the composition of the atmosphere, and in recent years their investigations have advanced beyond the laboratory to field measurements and, most recently, to remote sensing from space. In each of these regimes, measurements have become more sensitive and accurate, and have been extended to many more chemical compounds. Chemical modeling of the atmosphere has also advanced in response to the need to understand the burgeoning mass of observational data.

New methods have also come to bear on studies of the reaction rates and mechanisms that are responsible for chemical transformations in the atmosphere. These studies have mostly been carried out in the laboratory, but some groups are using atmospheric measurements to infer reaction rates and interrogate the accuracy of the laboratory studies. In addition, high-level theoretical methods have advanced to the point that rate constants for some atmospheric reaction rates can be predicted with good confidence. All of these activities (and more) make up the extremely diverse field of Atmospheric Chemistry.

Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry presents invited reviews and summaries of research in diverse areas of atmospheric chemistry. This volume comprises contributions from eminent researchers from more than a dozen top institutions in Canada, Denmark, France, Singapore, and the United States, who are active in the areas of atmospheric field measurements, laboratory investigations, and theoretical studies. Contents include a thorough technical description of environmental chamber measurements, an exploration of multiphase chemistry, a comprehensive review of alkoxyl radical reactions, an account of photolysis of nitric acid on surfaces, a comprehensive review of atmospheric halogenated organic compounds, cutting edge theoretical predictions of rate constants, and a detailed discussion of HOx free radical measurement techniques and implications for understanding the atmospheric mechanisms. Many additional areas will be represented in future volumes in this series.

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About the Editors

John R. Barker earned a B.S. at Hampden-Sydney college, USA (1965) and an M.S. and Ph.D. at Carnegie-Mellon University, USA (1969). He performed postdoctoral research at the University of Washington, USA (1969-1971) and Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA (1971-1974), and was a research scientist at SRI International (1974-1985) before accepting the position of Professor at the University of Michigan, USA (1985-2014), where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Professor Barker's research has mostly involved chemical kinetics of the atmosphere, combustion, and interstellar carbon, for which he shared the H. Julian Allen Award in 1986. He is co-author of about 175 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 25 book chapters. He has been editor of 3 volumes concerned with chemical kinetics and atmospheric chemistry, and has served as Assistant or Associate editor for two scientific journals.

Timothy J. Wallington holds B.A., D.Phil. (1983), and D.Sc. degrees from Oxford University, UK, carried out postgraduate research studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA (1984-1986), and was a guest scientist at the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (1986-1987). He joined the research staff at the Ford Motor Company in 1987 where he is currently the Senior Technical Leader in Environmental Sciences. He earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, USA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan, USA, and Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. Dr. Wallington's research focuses on understanding the atmospheric chemistry and environmental impacts of vehicle and manufacturing emissions. He is a co-author of 480 peer reviewed scientific publications, 25 book chapters, and 5 books.

Allison Steiner is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, USA. Her research interests focus on biosphere-atmosphere interactions across a range of spatial and temporal scales. This includes improved understanding of primary emissions and their fate in the atmosphere, changes in atmospheric chemistry on climatological time scales, and the role of the biosphere in regional climate change. She is the recipient of the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award 2013 and the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences section Ascent Award 2015. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, USA (1994) and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (2003). She was a member of the NAS on The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research in 2016 and is currently an editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.

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