Special Issue "Atmospheric Mercury"


A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert W. Talbot
Institute for Multidimensional Air Quality Studies, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Science & Research Bldg. 1, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204, USA
Website: http://eas.uh.edu/people/faculty/robert-talbot/index.php
E-Mail: rtalbot@uh.edu
Phone: +1 713 893 1670; Mob: +1 603 969 3806
Interests: regional and global cycling of atmospheric mercury; distribution, composition and chemistry of reactive odd-nitrogen in the Earth's atmosphere; intercontinental transport of trace gases and aerosols; regional tropospheric chemistry and climate change in New England; climate-air quality connections; biosphere-atmosphere exchange of trace gases; development of advanced instrumentation for the measurement of reactive trace gases and aerosols

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mercury is a serious environmental toxin that is distributed globally by large-scale atmospheric circulations. Atmospheric chemists have only been studying mercury in earnest for approximately the past 10 years. In the troposphere elemental mercury (Hgo) is observed ubiquitously with contemporary mixing ratios at the parts per quadrillion by volume (ppqv; 1 ng m−3 = 112 ppqv) level. The distributions of gaseous oxidized mercury (GOM) and particulate mercury (HgP) are not well documented at this time. In fact, the chemical composition of GOM is presently highly uncertain. At most mid-latitude locations, Hgo exhibits seasonality with the lowest mixing ratios in the fall and the greatest in late winter/early spring. It is highly desirable to conduct measurements of a variety of trace gases along with atmospheric mercury to facilitate source identification, but few studies have done so to date. A serious drawback in modeling atmospheric mercury is a lack of reliable rigorous emission inventories. Consequently, much work is needed to identify mercury sources and to quantify emission strengths.

There are few published papers on measurements of atmospheric mercury from aircraft. Initial work has shown that there is little to no Hgo above the tropopause and that HgP is elevated there. The chemical cycling and transformations in the tropopause region are essentially unstudied. Both measurements and modeling are required to ascertain the important processes affecting atmospheric mercury in the tropopause region.

Manuscripts on all aspects of atmospheric mercury are welcome for this special issue.

Prof. Dr. Robert W. Talbot
Guest Editor


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  • elemental mercury
  • gaseous oxidized mercury
  • particulate mercury
  • chemical transformations of atmospheric mercury
  • cycling of atmospheric mercury
  • regional and global modeling of atmospheric mercury
  • emission inventories for atmospheric mercury

Published Papers (4 papers)

Atmosphere 2014, 5(1), 45-59; doi:10.3390/atmos5010045
Received: 18 November 2013; in revised form: 18 December 2013 / Accepted: 26 December 2013 / Published: 10 January 2014
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Atmosphere 2014, 5(1), 1-15; doi:10.3390/atmos5010001
Received: 27 October 2013; in revised form: 23 November 2013 / Accepted: 5 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Atmosphere 2013, 4(4), 472-493; doi:10.3390/atmos4040472
Received: 30 September 2013; in revised form: 15 November 2013 / Accepted: 26 November 2013 / Published: 13 December 2013
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Atmosphere 2013, 4(2), 113-131; doi:10.3390/atmos4020113
Received: 8 April 2013; in revised form: 26 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Last update: 26 February 2014

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