Jacob, Daniel J. Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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- Principal constituents
- Carbon dioxide
- Other carbon species
- Nitrogen oxides
- Tropospheric ozone and OH
- Atmospheric aerosols
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A scientific discipline concerned with the chemical composition of the Earth's atmosphere. Topics falling within the field include the emission, transport, and deposition of atmospheric chemical species; the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions taking place in the atmosphere; and the effects of atmospheric species on human health, the biosphere, and climate (Fig. 1).
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