Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4973–4994, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4973–4994, 2020

Research article 23 Sep 2020

Research article | 23 Sep 2020

Multi-year ACSM measurements at the central European research station Melpitz (Germany) – Part 1: Instrument robustness, quality assurance, and impact of upper size cutoff diameter

Laurent Poulain et al.

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The stability and the comparability between ACSM and collocated filter sampling and MPSS measurements was investigated in order to examine the instruments robustness for year-long measurements. Specific attention was paid to the influence of the upper size cutoff diameter to better understand how it might affect the data validation. Recommendations are provided for better on-site quality assurance and quality control of the ACSM, which would be useful for either long-term or intensive campaigns.