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Comparison of one- and two-filter detectors for atmospheric 222Rn measurements under various meteorological conditions

Xia, Yu and Sartorius, Hartmut and Schlosser, Clemens and Stöhlker, Ulrich and Conen, Franz and Zahorowski, Wlodek. (2010) Comparison of one- and two-filter detectors for atmospheric 222Rn measurements under various meteorological conditions. Atmospheric measurement techniques, Jg. 3. pp. 723-731.

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Abstract

Parallel monitoring of 222Rn and its short-lived progeny (218Po and 214Pb) were carried out from November 2007 to April 2008 close to the top of the Schauinsland mountain, partly covered with forest, in South-West Germany. Samples were aspired from the same location at 2.5 mabove ground level. We measured 222Rn with a dual flowloop, two-filter detector and its short-lived progeny with aone-filter detector. A reference sector for events, facing asteep valley and dominated by pasture, was used to minimize differences between 222Rn and progeny-derived 222Rn activity concentrations. In the two major wind sectors covered by forest to a distance between 60 m and 80 m towards thestation progeny-derived 222Rn activity concentration was on average equal to 87% (without precipitation) and 74% (with precipitation) of 222Rn activity concentration. The observations show that most of the time both detector types follow the same pattern. Still, there is no single disequilibrium factor that  could be used to exactly transform short-lived progeny to 222Rn activity concentration under all meteorological conditions.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften > Umweltgeowissenschaften (Alewell)
UniBasel Contributors:Conen, Franz
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Copernicus
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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