, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 351-358

Four-hourly fluctuations in grass-pollen concentrations in relation to wet versus dry weather, and to short versus long over-land advection

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Four-hourly volumetric measurements of airborne grass-pollen concentrations at Leiden, near the west coast of the Netherlands, were analyzed according to wet-versus-dry meteorological conditions in the pollen source area, and according to the distance of the over-land advection to the pollen sampler. Airborne pollen concentrations appear to be low when the source surface is wet by past or present rain, fog, or dew; and high when the source area is dry. Air adverted over long over-land distances from dry source areas contains much pollen, especially in the afternoon, due to pollen release and decreasing air turbulence. High nightly pollen concentrations are observed after a warm and dry day with much pollen release in distant source areas when the nocturnal meteorological conditions stimulate concentration of pollen grains into the lower layers of the atmosphere.

Presented at the Sixth International Palynological Conference, 26 August – 1 September 1984, Calgary, Canada.