J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 1435 - 1435

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 1435
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030577

Gaseous Elemental Mercury (GEM) in downtown Toronto

Y. Lu Julia, M. St Denis and X. Feng

Department of Chemistry, Biology and Chemical Engineering, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3, Canada

Gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) concentrations in downtown Toronto, Canada were monitored from June 2001 - February 2002 at two levels (3.5 and 7m) above the ground. The mean quarter-hourly concentrations for the time series were 2.39 ng/m 3 for the bottom line and 2.57 ng/m 3 for the top line. When divided seasonally, the highest concentrations were observed in the summer months 3.03 ng/m 3 (bottom) and 3.31 ng/m 3 (top) and the lowest values were observed in the fall with 1.84 ng/m 3 (bottom) and 1.97 ng/m 3 (top). When analysed over a 24 scale, the pattern was characterized by highest GEM concentrations during the daytime relative to nighttimes. The results will be compared with those obtained from the rural and remote sties in the Canadian Atmospheric Mercury Measurement Network (CamNet).

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