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Influence of the Sampling Period on the Deposition Time Series of Major Ions in Bulk Precipitation

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The influence of a change from daily to weekly sampling of bulk precipitation on the obtained deposition values was studied with parallel sampling for 8 months at the station of Virolahti in 2004. Due to dry deposition, the deposition values of the whole period were found to be 5–70% higher from weekly sampling than from daily sampling, the biggest difference being for K+, Ca2+, Mg+ and Na+. The collection efficiencies of the summer sampler and the winter sampler compared to the standard rain gauge were studied from daily sampling in 1991–2003 and weekly sampling in 2004–2008. The performance was best in summer and in winter with rain samples (median value 85–88%), while the median value for daily snow samples was 72%. In winter, the total sum of precipitation collected in the daily sampler and the weekly sampler was 78% and 69%, respectively. The deficit in the weekly sampler in winter was concluded to be due to evaporation, while from the summer sampler no evaporation seemed to occur. Use of the precipitation amount measured by the standard rain gauge when calculating annual precipitation-weighted mean values gave higher mean concentrations than the use of the precipitation measured by the deposition sampler itself, the biggest difference of 8–11% being in the sea-salt ions Cl, Mg+ and Na+. It was concluded that the concentration and deposition values measured by daily and weekly bulk sampling are incompatible, and should not be combined into the same time series.

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Leppänen, S., Anttila, P. Influence of the Sampling Period on the Deposition Time Series of Major Ions in Bulk Precipitation. Water Air Soil Pollut 220, 241–251 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-011-0750-8

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  • Precipitation sampling
  • Bulk deposition
  • Dry deposition
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