Seasonal Variations in Mercury Deposition over the Yellow Sea, July 2007 through April 2008

Young Sung Ghim; Hyun Sun Oh; Jin Young Kim; Jung-Hun Woo; Young-Soo Chang
September 2016
Asian Journal of Atmospheric Environment (AJAE);Sep2016, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p146
Academic Journal
Spatial and temporal variations of mercury, including dry and wet deposition fluxes, were assessed over Northeast Asia, targeting the Yellow Sea, using meteorology and chemistry models. Four modeling periods, each representative of one of the four seasons, were selected. Modeling results captured general patterns and behaviors, and fell within similar ranges with respect to observations. However, temporal variations of mercury were not closely matched, possibly owing to the effects of localized emissions. Modeling results indicated that dry deposition is correlated with wind speed, while wet deposition is correlated with precipitation amount. Overall, the wet deposition flux of 66 ng/m2-day was about twice as large as the dry deposition flux of 32 ng/m²-day, when averaged over the four modeling periods. Dry deposition occurred predominantly in the form of reactive gaseous mercury (RGM). In contrast, RGM accounted for only about two-thirds of wet deposition, while particulate mercury accounted for the remainder.


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