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Volume 40, Issue 4


IUPAC in the (real) clouds

40 years of evaluating atmospheric chemistry data

R. Anthony Cox / Markus Ammann / John N. Crowley / Hartmut Herrmann / Michael E. Jenkin / V. Faye McNeill / Abdel Wahid Mellouki / Michel J. Rossi / Jurgen Troe / Timothy J. Wallington
Published Online: 2018-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0404


As we approach the end of the second decade of the 21st century, changes in atmospheric chemical composition due to anthropogenic pollution continue to challenge the well-being of society. The IUPAC effort in atmospheric chemistry data evaluation can be traced back over 40 years. Global concerns over potentially catastrophic stratospheric ozone depletion resulting from emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) led to the creation of the CODATA Task Group on Chemical Kinetics in 1977. The task of the CODATA group was to provide the evaluated kinetic data for atmospheric reactions needed to assess the threat to stratospheric ozone. In 1989, sponsorship of the data evaluation effort was transferred to IUPAC, leading to the formation of the IUPAC Task Group on Atmospheric Chemical Kinetic Data Evaluation.


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Published Online: 2018-10-29

Published in Print: 2018-10-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages 10–13, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0404.

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