Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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Atmosphere-Water Exchange

  • Bernd JähneEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3_644

Definition of the Subject

Gaseous and volatile chemical species reside not only in the atmosphere. Because they dissolve in water, they are also distributed in the hydrosphere . The by far largest part of the hydrosphere is the ocean. Therefore, the exchange between atmosphere and oceans is the most important process for the fate of gaseous and volatile chemical species (Table 1).
Atmosphere-Water Exchange. Table 1

Comparison of size (as depth in m over entire earth surface) and mass of atmosphere and global water storage


Depth (m)

Mass (1018 kg)




Ice caps and glaciers



Total ground water












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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Environmental Physics and Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI)University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany