J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 1209 - 1212

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 1209
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030518

Simulation of the fate and transport of mercury in North America

C. Seigneur1, K. Vijayaraghavan1, K. Lohman1, P. Karamchandani1, C. Scott1 and L. Levin2

1  Atmospheric & Environmental Research Inc., 2682 Bishop Drive, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583, U.S.A.
2  EPRI, 3412 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, U.S.A.

A multiscale modeling system that includes a global model and a nested continental model is applied to simulate the global cycling of atmospheric mercury and its fate and transport over North America. The models show satisfactory performance with a coefficient of determination of 0.81 for mercury wet deposition over North America. The models are used to estimate source attribution of mercury deposition in the United States. On average, 73% of mercury deposited in the contiguous United States is calculated to originate from the global background.

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