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Closed Access item Passive sampling of atmospheric organochlorine compounds by SPMDs in a remote high mountain area

Authors:Van Drooge, Barend L.
Grimalt, Joan O.
Booij, Kees
Camarero, Lluís
Catalán, Jordi
Keywords:Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMDs), Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs), Atmospheric organochlorine compounds, Central Pyrenees
Issue Date:21-Jul-2005
Citation:Atmospheric Environment 39(8): 5195-5204 (2005)
Abstract:Semi-permeable membrane devices (SPMDs) have been deployed in high mountain areas (Central Pyrenees, Catalonia, Spain) for the measurement of atmospheric concentrations of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) over a period of 1.5 years. These devices were filled with triolein and have been deployed at three altitudes, 1600, 2240 and 2600 m above sea level. Performance reference compounds were used to calibrate their sampling rates.
The SPMD results were validated by comparison to active air sampling with high-volume systems. Sampling rates between 0.55 and 1.3 m3 d−1 were estimated from the dissipation of PCB155. Atmospheric concentrations measured by SPMDs were in good agreement with the levels obtained by high-volume sampling. These findings suggest that SPMDs can be useful monitoring systems for the atmospheric concentrations of organochlorine compounds in remote high mountain areas.
Description:10 pages, 3 figures.-- Printed version published Sep, 2005.
Publisher version (URL):http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.05.020
ISSN:1352-2310 (Print)
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