Aerosols influence many areas of our daily life. They are at the core of environmental problems such as global warming, photochemical smog and poor air quality. They can also have diverse effects on human health, where exposure occurs in both outdoor and indoor environments.
However, aerosols can have beneficial effects too; the delivery of drugs to the lungs, the delivery of fuels for combustion and the production of nanomaterials all rely on aerosols. Advances in particle measurement technologies have made it possible to take advantage of rapid changes in both particle size and concentration. Likewise, aerosols can now be produced in a controlled fashion.
Reviewing many technological applications together with the current scientific status of aerosol modelling and measurements, this book includes:
Satellite aerosol remote sensing
The effects of aerosols on climate change
Air pollution and health
Pharmaceutical aerosols and pulmonary drug delivery
Bioaerosols and hospital infections
Particle emissions from vehicles
The safety of emerging nanomaterials
Radioactive aerosols: tracers of atmospheric processes
With the importance of this topic brought to the public's attention after the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, this book provides a timely, concise and accessible overview of the many facets of aerosol science.