Despite more than 20 years of regulatory efforts, concern is widespread that ozone pollution in the lower atmosphere, or troposphere, threatens the health of humans, animals, and vegetation. This book discusses how scientific information can be used to develop more effective regulations to control ozone.
Rethinking the Ozone Problem in Urban and Regional Air Pollution discusses:
- The latest data and analysis on how tropospheric ozone is formed.
- How well our measurement techniques are functioning.
- Deficiencies in efforts to date to control the problem.
- Approaches to reducing ozone precursor emissions that hold the most promise.
- What additional research is needed.
With a wealth of technical information, the book discusses atmospheric chemistry, the role of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ozone formation, monitoring and modeling the formation and transport processes, and the potential contribution of alternative fuels to solving the tropospheric ozone problem. The committee discusses criteria for designing more effective ozone control efforts.
Because of its direct bearing on decisions to be made under the Clean Air Act, this book should be of great interest to environmental advocates, industry, and the regulatory community as well as scientists, faculty, and students.
"One of the best overall reviews... Even though it is now ten years old, it provides excellent detailed information on many factors involved in ozone and related problems."
-- Chemical Engineering Progress, October 2001
"This book is a remarkably thorough discussion of the current causes leading to our continued problems of noncompliance of tropospheric ozone in many of our urban areas. . . . The book is very well written . . . You won't find a more objective or more exhaustive treatise on the subject of tropospheric ozone. The authors leave no stone unturned, and offer feasible and constructive recommendations for how to tackle this difficult problem in the future." --Journal of Aerosol Sciences (UK)