Dynamics of Mercury Pollution on Regional and Global Scales:

Atmospheric Processes and Human Exposures Around the World

  • Nicola Pirrone
  • Kathryn R. Mahaffey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. International and Regional Perspectives

  3. Monitoring and Analytical Methods

  4. Chemical and Physical Processes

  5. Human Exposure

    1. Kathryn R. Mahaffey
      Pages 345-384
    2. Mineshi Sakamoto, Akira Yasutake, Hiroshi Satoh
      Pages 405-419
    3. Marcello M. Veiga, Dario Bermudez, Heloisa Pacheco-Ferreira, Luiz Roberto Martins Pedroso, Aaron J. Gunson, Gilberto Berrios et al.
      Pages 421-450
    4. Marc Lucotte, René Canuel, Sylvie Boucher de Grosbois, Marc Amyot, Robin Anderson, Paul Arp et al.
      Pages 451-466
    5. Appleton D., Drasch G., Böse O’Reilly S., Roider G., Lister R., Taylor H. et al.
      Pages 467-490
    6. Philippe Grandjean, Sylvaine Cordier, Tord Kjellström, Pal Weihe, Esben Budtz Jørgensen
      Pages 511-538
  6. Regional Case Studies

    1. Nicola Pirrone, Francesca Sprovieri, Ian M. Hedgecock, Giuseppe A. Trunfio, Sergio Cinnirella
      Pages 541-579
    2. Gerald J. Keeler, Timothy J. Dvonch
      Pages 611-636
    3. Xinbin Feng
      Pages 657-678
    4. Francesca Sprovieri, Nicola Pirrone
      Pages 679-706
    5. Alexey Rynboshapko, Sergey Dutchak, Alexey Gusev, Ilia Ilyin, Oleg Travnikov
      Pages 707-734

About this book


Mercury pollution in different regions of the world is a growing concern from an environmental and epidemiological point of view. The increasing trends of energy production from fossil fuel combustion, mercury usage in a large variety of goods and products, and the lack of emission control policy, especially in fast developing countries, represent a major environmental and political issue for national and international organisations and governments as well. In the last decade, there has been a significant effort to improve our knowledge on different aspects involved in the biogeochemical cycle of mercury in the environment and its impact on human health. Special attention has been devoted to fill the gaps in our knowledge on physical and chemical processes involved in the transfer of mercury compounds released to the atmosphere from natural and anthropogenic sources to terrestrial and aquatic receptors. Significant progress was made on assessing the spatial and temporal distributions of atmospheric mercury and its depositional fluxes.

Dynamics of Mercury Pollution on Regional and Global Scales: Atmospheric Processes and Human Exposures Around the World provides a detailed overview of our current understanding of different dynamic patterns involved in the redistribution of mercury in the global environment, and its impact on human health and ecosystems.


Controlling development ecosystem ecosystems emissions environment human health pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicola Pirrone
    • 1
  • Kathryn R. Mahaffey
    • 2
  1. 1.CNR-Institute for Atmospheric PollutionDivision of RendeRendeItaly
  2. 2.Office of Science Coordination and PolicyUnited States Environmental Protection AgencyWashingtonUSA

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