Long-term measurements of atmospheric mercury at Mace Head, Carna, Co. Galway

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Long term monitoring of atmospheric mercury concentrations may provide direct evidence of temporal trends, because of an atmospheric residence time of about 1 year (Slemr et al., 1985; Lindqvist and Rodhe, 1985). Slemr (1996) has reviewed the few existing publications on long term monitoring of mercury starting with early data published by Stock and Cucuel (1934) and concludes, that the reconstruction of trends by combining data of these reports is hardly possible for several reasons:1.the quality of reported total gaseous mercury (TGM) concentration measurements is mostly unknown,2.mercury monitoring has only rarely been accompanied by supporting measurements of chemical tracers that will allow the elimination of locally influenced data,3.most of the reported measurements of TGM in air are very limited in time and space.Based on these uncertainties and the systematic gaps in previous knowledge on mercury, Fitzgerald (1995) has proclaimed the need for a global atmospheric mercury monitoring network.Continuous measurements of total gaseous mercury (TGM) concentrations with 15 minutes time resolution have been carried out at the atmospheric research station at Mace Head between September 1995 and September 2001. Monitoring work is continuing on a contractual basis for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency since October 2001. Mace Head was one of the first research stations (together with a Canadian site in the high Arctic (Alert, Nunavut, NWT)), generating highly time resolved concentration measurements of TGM on a routine basis (Schroeder et al., 2001).

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Dr. Stephan Leinert
EPA and NUIG
Research Scientist
Fellow with University College Galway, EPA Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland
Telephone: 01 2680100
e-mail: s.leinert@epa.ie

Prof. Dr. Ralf Ebinghaus
GKSS
Head of Dep. for Environmental Chemistry
GKSS, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 21502, Geesthacht, Geesthacht, Germany
Telephone: +49 4152 87 2354
e-mail: ralf.ebinghaus@gkss.de

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Author(s)Leinert, S. Ebinghaus, R.D.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationLong-term measurements of atmospheric mercury at Mace Head, Carna, Co. Galway
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Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=a615c127-4ad2-102a-90c6-0593d266866d
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=18
Resource Keywordsmercury, mace head, tgm
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Codenone
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeAir Quality
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 5
Project Start Date Saturday 1st January 2005 (01-01-2005)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 1st January 2005 (01-01-2005)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 1st January 2007 (01-01-2007)
Published on SAFERThursday 3rd May 2007 (03-05-2007)
Date of Last EditFriday 28th March 2008 at 14:26:25 (28-03-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 27th March 2008 at 13:59:41 (27-03-2008)

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Mercury measurements carried out at the Mace Head station, West of Ireland

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Mercury measurements (TGM) were carried out at Mace Head, by GKSS, Germany, funded by the Irish EPA;
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