Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3061–3076, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3061-2016

Special issue: Data collection, analysis and application of speciated atmospheric...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3061–3076, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3061-2016

Review article 09 Mar 2016

Review article | 09 Mar 2016

Passive air sampling of gaseous elemental mercury: a critical review

David S. McLagan et al.

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For more than 20 years, scientists and engineers have tried to design simple sampling devices that can collect gaseous elemental mercury from the atmosphere without the use of a pump. A thorough review of the sampler designs that have been presented so far suggests that while some may be suitable for measuring higher air concentrations close to sources, none of them have the accuracy and precision required to record the low atmospheric mercury concentrations prevalent in background regions.
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