|Elemental concentrations in aerosols at the Belgian coast versus season and air mass trajectories|
|Van Meel, K.; Horemans, B.; Krata, A.; Bencs, L.; Buczynska, A.J.; Dirtu, A.C.; Worobiec, A.; Van Grieken, R. (2010). Elemental concentrations in aerosols at the Belgian coast versus season and air mass trajectories. Environ. Chem. Lett. 8(2): 157-163. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10311-009-0203-4|
|In: Environmental Chemistry Letters. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 1610-3653, more|
Aerosols; Marine aerosols; Belgium, Belgian Coast [gazetteer]; Marine
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Marine aerosols have extensively been monitored in the framework of a research project to investigate the inorganic and organic nutrient fluxes of the atmospheric nitrogen input into the North Sea. As a part of this project bulk analysis was also performed by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) on a total of 366 samples in order to provide detailed elemental composition. Samples have been clustered per campaign and differences were related to backward trajectories. Elements as Cl, Si, and S appeared to be the best tracers for coastal aerosols. Therefore they have been chosen to represent each campaign and to map the seasonal variations. It is clear that Cl is an excellent tracer for oceanic trajectories, while a less clear correlation between the soil dust components and the air mass trajectories is found.