Sources of variation in environmental radiochemical analysis

Livens, F.R.; Quarmby, C.. 1988 Sources of variation in environmental radiochemical analysis. Environment International, 14 (4). 271-275.

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Both collection and laboratory treatment of samples contribute to the uncertainty in the final analytical results. A detailed study of a pasture field showed that, for realistic sample numbers, field variation was in the range 20–40%. Routine analysis of a reference soil, coupled with the use of some simple criteria for the acceptance of analytical results, showed that laboratory variation could be maintained at well below 10%, generally much less than the field variation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0160-4120
Additional Keywords: radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 28 Mar 2013 09:10 +0 (UTC)

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