Special Issue "Quantifying Atmospheric Ammonia and Its Impacts: Measurements, Modeling and Mitigation"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2023) | Viewed by 621

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Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, State University of New York, Albany, NY 12226, USA
Interests: atmospheric aerosols; new particle formation; aerosol-cloud-climate interactions; ammonia; air quality & public health; modeling; machine learning/AI
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LATMOS/IPSL, Sorbonne Université, UVSQ, CNRS, CEDEX 05, 75252 Paris, France
Interests: remote sensing; ammonia; particulate matter; air pollution; spectroscopy
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USDA-ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory, Bushland, TX 79012, USA
Interests: agricultural engineering; greenhouse gases; nutrient management; livestock; odor
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ammonia (NH3) is the most prevalent alkaline gas in Earth’s atmosphere. It is receiving recent renewed attention due to its implication in enhancing new particle formation (NPF), the conversion of condensible gases to particles, and subsequent growth to larger aerosols through gas-particle partitioning interactions with acid precursor gas (SO2 and NOx) products. NH3 plays multiple other roles in the atmospheric environment by virtue of its alkalinity, reactivity, solubility, and abundance. Ammonia emissions from agricultural, industrial, municipal waste and transportation sources continue to grow. Thus, we are still developing an understanding of ammonia’s role and impact on the atmospheric environment, climate, and human and ecosystem health.

In recognition of these uncertainties and the importance of atmospheric ammonia, the open-access journals Atmosphere and IJERPH are jointly hosting a Special Issue to highlight the most recent findings related to quantification, emissions, modeling and mitigation of NH3 and its impacts on air quality, aerosol properties, nitrogen deposition, and broadly for climate and health. Toward this, we invite original results utilizing in situ and/or remote sensing measurements from laboratory studies, field measurements, network monitoring, aircraft campaigns, satellite inferences or theoretical/model studies and reviews across scales ranging from the quantum to the atmosphere. Studies synergizing multi-platform measurements and modeling as well as epidemiological studies are especially welcome.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in IJERPH.

Dr. Arshad Arjunan Nair
Dr. Camille Viatte
Dr. Jacek A. Koziel
Guest Editors

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  • ammonia (NH3)
  • reduced nitrogen
  • laboratory studies
  • field studies
  • aircraft measurements
  • satellite measurements
  • modeling
  • aerosol properties
  • secondary aerosols
  • particulate matter
  • air quality & pollution
  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • mitigation

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Mitigating Ammonia Deposition Derived from Open-Lot Livestock Facilities into Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park: State of the Science
Atmosphere 2023, 14(10), 1469; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos14101469 - 22 Sep 2023
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Northeast Colorado’s livestock operations have been identified as a major contributor to reactive nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains National Park (RMNP). We present a review on the state of knowledge concerning the emission, transport, deposition, and mitigation of gaseous ammonia (NH3 [...] Read more.
Northeast Colorado’s livestock operations have been identified as a major contributor to reactive nitrogen deposition in the Rocky Mountains National Park (RMNP). We present a review on the state of knowledge concerning the emission, transport, deposition, and mitigation of gaseous ammonia (NH3) from open-lot cattle feeding facilities located east of the Northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Gaseous NH3 mitigation strategies discussed are related to diet manipulation and management practices. Crude protein content of 11% and condensed tannins of 8% reduced the NH3 emission by 43% and 57%, respectively. Ambiguous results for NH3 mitigation by using water sprinklers have been reported—an increase in NH3 emission by 27% and decrease of 27 to 56%. Manure harvesting should be evaluated in terms of maintaining proper moisture content, and not necessarily as a mitigation option. The use of chemical and physical manure amendments has shown a wide range in NH3 mitigation effectiveness, ranging from 19 to 98% for chemical and 0 to 43% for physical amendments, respectively. The review outlined the scientific basis, practicality, and expected efficacy of each management practice. The most plausible management practices to reduce NH3 emissions from corral surfaces in cattle feedyards are presented. Full article
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