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Uncertainty in Estimation of Wet Deposition of Sulphur

By R.I. Smith and D. Fowler

Abstract

A model is described for predicting wet deposition ofsulphur in Britain from rainfall and site measurementsof ion concentration in precipitation. This modelincludes orographic enhancement of both rainfall andion concentration. The model output is comparedagainst available measurement data. Sensitivity anduncertainty analyses are used to predict the outputuncertainty. If the stated assumptions can be shown tobe correct, the wet deposition for Britain at the 5 kmscale is accurate to ±35% across the country. Theanalyses show a larger uncertainty in central Englandand a possible bias towards underestimation of wetdeposition, the latter being of importance incalculating critical load exceedances in remote area

Topics: Ecology and Environment, Atmospheric Sciences
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1023/A:1013144231312
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:3670
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