Urban Air Pollution and Forests

Resources at Risk in the Mexico City Air Basin

  • Mark E. Fenn
  • L. I. de Bauer
  • Tomás Hernández-Tejeda

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 156)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Past and Present Environmental and Sociological Factors Affecting Forests in the Mexico City Air Basin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Exequiel Ezcurra, Marisa Mazari-Hiriart, Irene Pisanty, Adrián Guillermo Aguilar
      Pages 24-43
    3. Luis E. Marín, Oscar Escolero-Fuentes, Antonio Trinidad-Santos
      Pages 44-67
  3. Air Pollution in the Mexico City Air Basin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Humberto Bravo-Alvarez, Ricardo Torres-Jardón
      Pages 121-159
    3. Mark E. Fenn, Juana María Castro-Servín, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda, Natalie Krage, Chris Goodson, Thomas Meixner
      Pages 194-221
  4. Ecological Effects of Air Pollutants in the Mexico City Air Basin: Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Paul R. Miller, L. I. de Bauer, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda
      Pages 225-242
    3. Dionicio Alvarado-Rosales, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda
      Pages 243-260
    4. Angel Zambrano, T. H. Nash, M. A. Herrera-Campos
      Pages 283-297
    5. Mark E. Fenn, L. I. de Bauer, Karl Zeller, Abel Quevedo, Claudio Rodríguez, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda
      Pages 298-319
    6. Carlos Fredy Ortíz-García, Héctor D. Laguette-Rey, L. I. de Bauer
      Pages 320-333
  5. Summary, Synthesis, and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Mark E. Fenn, L. I. de Bauer, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda
      Pages 337-355
    3. L. I. de Bauer, Tomás Hernández-Tejeda, Mark E. Fenn
      Pages 356-372
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 373-390

About this book


At present, roughly half of the world's population lives in urban centers. There are now more than 20 cities with a population of over 10 million inhabitants, compared to less than 5 about 50 years ago. This tendency toward urbanization is expected to continue, particularly in the developing world. A consequence of this growing trend is that millions of people are being exposed to harmful levels of urban air pollutants caused mainly by emissions from motor vehicles and from industrial and domestic activities involving the combustion of fossil fuels. The driving force for the design and implementation of emission control strate­ gies aimed at improving air quality has been the protection of the health of the population in urban centers. There are, however, other consequences of the pres­ ence of air pollutants besides the direct effect on human health. Reduced visibil­ ity, damage to monuments and buildings, and many other such consequences indirectly affect our quality of life. Another set of consequences involves damage to ecological systems. In fact, the nature of "photochemical smog" was first uncovered in the 1950s in connection with observations of its harmful effects on crops and plants in the vicinity of Los Angeles.


Air pollution air quality climate emission emissions environment forest health hydrology nitrogen pollution population sustainability vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark E. Fenn
    • 1
  • L. I. de Bauer
    • 2
  • Tomás Hernández-Tejeda
    • 3
  1. 1.USDA Forest ServicePacific Southwest Research StationRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Especialidad de Agrometeorología Instituto de Recursos NaturalesColegio de PostgraduadosMontecilloMexico
  3. 3.SAGARPA Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)Centro Nacional de Investigación Disciplinaria en Conservación y Mejoramiento de Ecosistemas Forestales (CENID-COMEF)Mexico CityMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-9573-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-22520-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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