Determination of heavy metals in aerosols and deposition

Updated 2002-02-13

Total deposition sampling is performed at Ny-Ă…lesund to study atmospheric fluxes of heavy metals to the Arctic. In addition wet only deposition sampling is carried out with an automatic precipitation sampler. The samples are analysed at the home laboratory for tracer elements for seaspray components, earthcrust weathered material and anthropogenic elements by atomic absorption spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). One aim of our study is to distinguish element distribution between the dissolved and particulate phase. In addition to the element analyses the concentration of anions is determined by ionchromatography. In 1996 an automatically operating aerosol sampler was installed, which is combined with the automatic precipitation sampler to study element washout from aerosol particles via rain and snow.

Time frame

Project time span
1993 - 2050
Data collection
1993 -
Data processing
1993 -
Data reporting
1993 -

Contact information

Contact person
Michael Kriews
Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research Am Handelshafen 12 27570 Bremerhaven
+49 471 4831 1420
+49 471 4831 1425

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Heavy metals
Heavy metals

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Alfred-Wegener-Institut (Potsdam) ISAS (Berlin-Adlershof) NIPR (Tokyo)

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