Speciated mercury measurements in ambient air from 2009 to 2011 at a Central European rural background monitoring site
1 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Coastal Research, Max-Planck-Str. 1, D-21502 Geesthacht, Germany, Andreas
2 Federal Environment Agency, Air Pollution Monitoring Network, Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 29, D-63225 Langen, Germany
3 Eurofins GfA GmbH, Neulaender Kamp 1, D-21079 Hamburg, Germany
Since January 2009 highly time-resolved mercury speciation measurements in ambient air are carried out at the Central European German EMEP monitoring station and measurement site of the German Federal Environment Agency “Waldhof“, providing the longest Central European dataset for mercury species. First statistical analyses do not indicate long term trends for the concentrations of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) and particle bound mercury (TPM). A potential increasing trend for reactive gaseous mercury (RGM) will have to be verified in the coming years and should be regarded as indicative only at present. A seasonal cycle for TPM could be observed with higher concentrations during winter time. Furthermore a diurnal cycle for RGM is apparent with highest concentrations in the early afternoon.
Key words: atmospheric mercury speciation measurements / trend measurements / seasonality in mercury species / GMOS
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