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Analytical Techniques for Atmospheric Measurement

Dwayne Heard (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-2357-0
528 pages
June 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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Almost all of the breakthroughs in understanding the atmosphere have been initiated by field observations, using a range of instrumental techniques. Developing or deploying instruments to make further observations demands a thorough understanding of the chemical and spectroscopic principles on which such measurements depend.

Written as an authoritative guide to the techniques of instrumental measurement for the atmospheric scientist, research student or undergraduate, Analytical Techniques for Atmospheric Measurement focuses on the instruments used to make real time measurements of atmospheric gas and aerosol composition. Topics covered include how they work, their strengths and weaknesses for a particular task, the platforms on which they have been deployed and how they are calibrated. It explains the fundamental principles upon which the instrumental techniques are based (ie what property of a molecule can be exploited to enable its detection), what limits instrumental sensitivity and accuracy, and the information that can be gained from their use.

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Table of Contents




1. Field Measurements of Atmospheric Composition (Dwayne E. Heard).

2. Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy (Alan Fried and Dirk Richter).

3. UV-Visible Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) (John M.C. Plane and Alfonso Saiz-Lopez).

4. Fluorescence Methods (Ezra C. Wood and Ronald C. Cohen).

5. Mass Spectrometric Methods for Atmospheric Trace Gases (Jonathan Williams).

6. Mass Spectrometric Methods for Aerosol Composition Measurements (Hugh Coe and James D. Allan).

7. Chemical Methods: Chemiluminescence, Chemical Amplification, Electrochemistry, and Derivatization (Andrew J. Weinheimer).

8. Chromatographic Methods (Jacqueline F. Hamilton and Alastair C. Lewis).

9. Measurement of Photolysis Frequencies in the Atmosphere (Andreas Hofzumahaus).



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Author Information

Dwayne Heard is Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.


Dr. Alan Fried
Dr Dirk Richter
Professor John Plane
Dr Alfonso Saiz-Lopez
Professor Ronald C Cohen
Dr Ezra C. Wood
Dr Jonathan Williams
Dr. Hugh Coe
Dr James Alan
Dr. Andrew Weinheimer
Dr Alistair Lewis
Dr Jacqui Hamilton
Dr. Andreas Hofzumahaus

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The Wiley Advantage

* First book to bring together all the various instrumental techniques for making atmospheric measurements, with all the significant information is in one place making it easily accessible to practitioners and students

* Technique focussed approach showing the user how various real-time methods can be applied to generate information on atmospheric composition and chemistry* World class authorship giving the insight, perspective and depth of coverage not available from the source literature

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Nicholas Hewitt, Chemistry and Industry 2/10/2006

Heard has produced a first-class book, which is without rival and which will be widely read by the atmospheric chemistry research community.

[The Editor] is…exceptionally well qualified to edit a reference text on analytical methods for chemicals in the atmosphere, and this promise is fully realised in this excellent book. [It] provide[s] superbly detailed and authoritative accounts of the methods and their applications to atmospheric analysis…the book is an excellent reference for researchers in atmospheric chemistry.

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