Mapping the spatial distribution of global anthropogenic mercury atmospheric emission inventories

Simon J. Wilson, Frits Steenhuisen, Jozef M. Pacyna*, Elisabeth G. Pacyna

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This paper describes the procedures employed to spatially distribute global inventories of anthropogenic emissions of mercury to the atmosphere, prepared by Pacyna, E.G., Pacyna, J.M., Steenhuisen, F., Wilson, S. [2006. Global anthropogenic mercury emission inventory for 2000. Atmospheric Environment, this issue, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv. 2006.03.041], and briefly discusses the results of this work. A new spatially distributed global emission inventory for the (nominal) year 2000, and a revised version of the 1995 inventory are presented. Emissions estimates for total mercury and major species groups are distributed within latitude/longitude-based grids with a resolution of 1 x 1 and 0.5 x 0.5 degrees. A key component in the spatial distribution procedure is the use of population distribution as a surrogate parameter to distribute emissions from sources that cannot be accurately geographically located. In this connection, new gridded population datasets were prepared, based on the CEISIN GPW3 datasets (CIESIN, 2004. Gridded Population of the World (GPW), Version 3. Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University and Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT). GPW3 data are available at index.jsp). The spatially distributed emissions inventories and population datasets prepared in the course of this work are available on the Internet at (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4621-4632
Number of pages12
JournalAtmospheric environment
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2006


  • mercury
  • emissions
  • global
  • anthropogenic
  • GIs
  • mapping
  • inventory

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