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Research article
16 Jul 2015
Research article |  | 16 Jul 2015

An automatic collector to monitor insoluble atmospheric deposition: application for mineral dust deposition

B. Laurent, R. Losno, S. Chevaillier, J. Vincent, P. Roullet, E. Bon Nguyen, N. Ouboulmane, S. Triquet, M. Fornier, P. Raimbault, and G. Bergametti

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An automatic collector (CARAGA) has been developed to monitor insoluble atmospheric deposition in remote areas with a large autonomy. It is used to sample total (dry and wet) deposition on Frioul Island in the western Mediterranean Basin over which Saharan dust can be transported and deposited. To quantify the mineral dust mass in deposition samples, a weighing and ignition protocol is used. Two years of continuous deposition measurements performed on a weekly sampling basis are presented.