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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 6
November 2001


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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 protected].

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 is unnecessary.

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

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 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 for project description and update.



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