Most people know about the presence and health effects of pesticide residues in the water they drink. However, they may not realize the impact of atmospheric transportation and deposition of pesticides on water quality. Scientific studies of pesticides in various atmospheric matrices (air, rain, snow, aerosols, and fog) provide some of the answers.
Pesticides in the Atmosphere focuses on the review and interpretation of direct measurements of pesticides in the environment. An exhaustive compilation, the book examines hundreds of studies in detailed tabular listings, with accompanying maps that include such features as spatial and temporal domain studies, target analytes, detection limits, and compounds detected.
Working with the foundation of forty years of scientific studies, the editors synthesize this research to characterize the common threads and main conclusions. They use this information to identify where we need to improve our understanding of pesticides in the atmosphere and their significance to water quality.
Pesticides in the Atmosphere serves as a resource, text, and reference to a wide spectrum of scientists, water managers, and students. It includes extensive compilations of references, interpretive analyses and conclusions. For those not familiar with the atmospheric transportation and deposition of pesticides it provides a comprehensive introduction.
Table of Contents
Characteristics of Studies Reviewed
General Design Features
Analytical Detection Limits
National Distribution and Trends
Summary of National Use
Geographic Distribution in Relation to Use
Analysis of Key Topics: Sources and Transport
Seasonal and Local Use Patterns
Effects of Agricultural Management Practices
Relative Importance of Local, Regional, and Long-Range Transport
Effects of Climate
Analysis of Key Topics: Phases, Properties, and Transformations
Influence of Chemical and Physical Properties
Phase Distribution and Transformation Reactions
Relative Importance of Wet and Dry Deposition
Sampling Method Effects on Apparent Phase Distributions
Analysis of Key Topics: Environmental Significance
Contribution to Surface-and Ground-Water
Human Health and Aquatic Life
Summary and Conclusions
Glossary of Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides
"...a very complete compilation of the available studies on a broad array of pesticides..."
- Dr. James Pankow, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology