The causes and consequences of acid rain are subjects of widespread concern and controversy. However the effects of acid deposition on the chemistry of lakes and streams, and on the survival of fish and other aquatic life, have been greatly clarified by the results of a recent Anglo-Scandinavian surface waters research program. This book presents a concise, nonspecialist account of the results and their implications by the director of the program. Based on studies conducted throughout the United Kingdom and northern Europe, the book includes chapters on emissions, transport, and deposition of acid pollution; hydrochemical studies in catchments; catchment process studies; catchment manipulation experiments; the role of hydrology and soil chemistry; palaeolimnological studies; the toxic effects of acidification on fish and other aquatic life; and catchment modelling studies. The highly interdisciplinary nature of the research should appeal to a wide range of scientists and to policy-makers interested in acid rain and its consequences. It is also aimed at postgraduates and third-year undergraduate students in the environmental sciences.
'The advantage of a single author attacking such a diverse range of topics is stylistic consistency and brevity ... an attractively presented and very readable account of a complex topic ... the book will serve as a very reasonably priced introduction to surface water acidification in Europe.'
Malcolm Cresser, University of Aberdeen
'I will certainly be able to recommend Mason's book to my students interested in acidification processes, because it explains so much of the science in a careful and thorough way. The author is to be congratulated, as it is no easy task to do this in a mere 126 pages.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
'it is refreshing to read a clear and balanced book by someone who has been at the centre of a research project on the subject ... The programme, of course, only deals with one facet of a much larger subject, but because of its importance, the book is worthy of our attention.'
Environmental Policy and Practice, Volume 2, Number 4, 1993
'The effects of acid deposition on the chemistry of lakes and streams, and on the survival of fish and other aquatic life, have been greatly clarified by the results of the recent Anglo-Scandinavian research programme. A concise, non-specialist account of the results, their interpretation, and implication is here presented by the Director of the programme. The highly interdisciplinary nature of the research will appeal to a wide range of scientists and to
policy-makers interested in acid rain and its consequences. It will also be useful for postgraduates and third-year first degree students in the environmental sciences.'
Ethology Ecology & Evolution 5: 1993
1: The search for answers to key questions
2: The emission, transport, and chemical transformation of acid pollutants in the atmosphere
3: Acid deposition in the UK and Europe
4: The role of hydrology in determining the chemistry of surface waters
5: The role of soils in the acidification of surface waters
6: Comparative catchment studies
7: The history of lake acidification as reconstructed from palaeolimnological evidence
8: The effects of acidification on fish and other aquatic life
9: Models of surface waters acidification
10: Manipulation experiments on catchments
Appendix: Conclusions of the surface waters acidifications programme
Series: Science, Technology, and Society Series
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 15th October 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.4