Vol. 23, No. 6
Glossary of Atmospheric Chemistry Terms
In 1990, under the auspices of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry
(VI.2), IUPAC published a "Glossary of atmospheric chemistry terms"
(J. G. Calvert, Pure Appl. Chem. 62, 2167-2219, 1990). At its 1999 meeting
during the IUPAC General Assembly in Berlin, Commission VI.2 agreed
to undertake a revision of this document by first placing the earlier
version on the Web and inviting comments from the interested atmospheric
chemistry community. The project of revising the document will be coordinated
by Dr. Stephen E. Schwartz, Environmental Chemistry Division, Brookhaven
National Laboratory, P.O. Box 5000, Building 815E, 75 Rutherford Drive,
Upton, New York 11973-5000, USA; Tel.: +1 631 344 3100; Fax: +1 631
344 2887; E-mail: email@example.com.
Individuals interested in participating in this activity are invited
to submit suggestions for the revision to Dr. Schwartz using the above
contact information, with the subject line "IUPAC Glossary".
These suggestions may take the form of new entries (with definitions)
or suggestions for the deletion or revision of existing entries. It
is intended to eliminate terms that are otherwise standard chemical
terms for which definition in a glossary of terms for atmospheric chemistry
To facilitate this process, the 1990 glossary has been placed on a
Web server that is accessible from the project page on the IUPAC Web
site at http://www.iupac.org/projects/1999/1999-033-1-600.html.
Please note also that the IUPAC "Gold Book" (Compendium of
Chemical Terminology, 2nd edition, compiled by A. D. McNaught and A.
Wilkinson, Blackwell Science, 1997 [ISBN 0-86542-6848]), referred to
in the 1990 Glossary, is now available online via a link at http://www.iupac.org/publications/books/author/mcnaught.html.
This document can serve as a guide for definitions and style. A question
remains as to what extent, if any, the "Glossary of atmospheric
chemistry terms" should duplicate the "Gold Book". Certainly
there should be no conflict. See http://www.iupac.org/projects/1999/1999-033-1-600.html
for project description and update.