Air Pollution and Its Impacts on U.S. National Parks

Timothy J. Sullivan

CRC Press
Published January 25, 2017
Reference - 638 Pages - 35 Color & 198 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498765176 - CAT# K29065

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  • The first book that covers all major air pollution effects issues of concern to the national parks, including nutrients, mercury, ozone, acids, visibility- obstructing materials, pesticides, and other toxics in the context of a changing climate
  • Discusses monitoring, experimental data, and mathematical model projections of future changes in resource conditions
  • The author is a scientific authority with three decades of experience studying the effects of air pollution on resources of national parks and wilderness
  • Addresses the needs of students, scientists, and professionals who rely on environmental data for decision making
  • Includes hundreds of maps, figures, and tables that capture the pollutant loadings and their effects on each of the studied parks.


A variety of air pollutants are emitted into the atmosphere from human-caused and natural emissions sources throughout the United States and elsewhere. These contaminants impact sensitive natural resources in wilderness, including the national parks. The system of national parks in the United States is among our greatest assets. This book provides a compilation and synthesis of current scientific understanding regarding the causes and effects of these pollutants within national park lands. It describes pollutant emissions, deposition, and exposures; it identifies the critical (tipping point) loads of pollutant deposition at which adverse impacts are manifested.


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