Rainfall acidity in Northern Britain - exploring the data.

Cape, J.N.; Fowler, D.. 1986 Rainfall acidity in Northern Britain - exploring the data. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 30 (1-2). 239-244.

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Daily rainfall pH measurements from a site in south Scotland were found to have a bimodal distribution. Similarly, monthly data from a network of bulk rain collectors in northern Britain gave bimodal distributions. Sites with an annual average pH of 4.7 had occasional monthly pH values of pH 4 or less. The annual average pH was a poor indicator of the frequency of such acidic periods, and may not be a good indicator of potential effects. Data from a daily and monthly collector at the same site are compared and the discrepancies discussed. Daily pH measurements gave significantly greater acidities than monthly pH measurements, but these differences were small for months with rain-weighted pH < 5.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0049-6979
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 20 May 2009 07:49 +0 (UTC)

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