Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12995–13010, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12995-2020

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12995–13010, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12995-2020

Research article 06 Nov 2020

Research article | 06 Nov 2020

4D dispersion of total gaseous mercury derived from a mining source: identification of criteria to assess risks related to high concentrations of atmospheric mercury

José M. Esbrí et al.

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Subject: Gases | Research Activity: Field Measurements | Altitude Range: Troposphere | Science Focus: Physics (physical properties and processes)
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The aim of this work was to identify criteria to obtain the minimum amount of data with the maximum meaning and representativeness in order to delimit risk areas, both in a spatial and temporal respect. We have constructed a model of vertical mercury movements which could be used to predict the location and timing of mercury inhalation risk. Also, we have designed a monitoring strategy to identify the relevant criteria, which involved the measurement of gaseous mercury in a vertical section.
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