Statement of the American Meteorological Society As adopted by the Council from June 1, 1989 Mail Ballot Acid deposition (familiarly "acid rain") is an important is- However, it can be stated that annual dry deposition of S0 sue of public policy in which atmospheric processes play and N0 is substantial and tends to increase in importance a key role. This statement from the American Meteorolog- relative to wet deposition near source regions. ical Society addresses the present state of knowledge and Meteorological Issues: The atmosphere is both the pathway uncertainty about atmospheric aspects of the acid deposi- by which acid deposition materials travel from sources to tion phenomenon in the context of prospective legislation places where they are deposited, and the medium in which and regulatory action to decrease acid deposition. combustion products are transformed into acidic com- Definition: Acid deposition consists of delivery of acidic pounds. Meteorological concerns include: substances, mainly sulfur and nitrogen oxides, acids and a) processes of transport and diffusion of surface-derived salts, through the atmosphere to the earth's surface. These materials of all kinds, compounds (principally the oxides) are introduced into the b) chemical reactions among airborne substances, and atmosphere as by-products of combustion
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1989
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