The concentrations of gas-phase PCBs were measured from March 2002 to June 2003 at two sites of the Venice Lagoon and at one site of the Euganei hills. The aims of this study were to evaluate the various gas-phase PCB sources, the spatial and temporal variability of PCB concentrations in the gas-phase that enter the Venice Lagoon atmosphere and the influence of the air temperature on PCB trends. The highest annual average concentration of PPCBs was observed at the station directly influenced by ‘‘urban’’ sources with values about 3 and 1.5 times higher compared to the concentrations found at the stations where ‘‘marine’’ sources and ‘‘not subjected to direct local sources’’ were respectively sampled from. The temporal trends ofPPCBs concentrations were similar at the three sampling stations corresponding to seasonal temperature changes. Greater concentrations occurred in the summer and first autumn months while the lower ones occurred in late autumn and winter. The temperature dependences were investigated using plots of the natural logarithm of the PPCBs concentrations vs. reciprocal mean temperatures.

Seasonal evolution of gas-phase PCB concentrations in the Venice Lagoon area

GAMBARO, Andrea;MORET, Ivo;CAPODAGLIO, Gabriele;W. R. L. CAIRNS;CESCON, Paolo
2006

Abstract

The concentrations of gas-phase PCBs were measured from March 2002 to June 2003 at two sites of the Venice Lagoon and at one site of the Euganei hills. The aims of this study were to evaluate the various gas-phase PCB sources, the spatial and temporal variability of PCB concentrations in the gas-phase that enter the Venice Lagoon atmosphere and the influence of the air temperature on PCB trends. The highest annual average concentration of PPCBs was observed at the station directly influenced by ‘‘urban’’ sources with values about 3 and 1.5 times higher compared to the concentrations found at the stations where ‘‘marine’’ sources and ‘‘not subjected to direct local sources’’ were respectively sampled from. The temporal trends ofPPCBs concentrations were similar at the three sampling stations corresponding to seasonal temperature changes. Greater concentrations occurred in the summer and first autumn months while the lower ones occurred in late autumn and winter. The temperature dependences were investigated using plots of the natural logarithm of the PPCBs concentrations vs. reciprocal mean temperatures.
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