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Submit DataData ReportingTemplatesCategoryHeavy Metalsmercury-in-air-or -aerosols    October 1, 2020

Template for Mercury in air or aerosols (draft)

This format should be used for submitting all relevant mercury species measured in gas phase and/or in aerosols

Points to note

  • Be careful in choosing the right component name and matrix combinations depending on your measurement procedure/instrument type. The following combinations are possible:

Component Name

Short Name























  • Specify further in the inlet description to distinguish between TGM and GEM when using monitors, i.e.: Heated inlet(50degC), Teflon filter and soda lime trap (GEM measured)or no trap (TGM measured)

  • Include information on routine checks and leak tests in the "Maintenance description" element

  • Include information on which standard pressure and temperature are used for conversion

  • Monitor data should be reported with one hour average, but several monitors sample with higher time resolution, i.e. five minutes. If so, report the standard deviation within each hour as a separate time series. Use the completeness flag (390-394) if low data coverage within the hour.

  • Include information if the instrument or lab have been part of any relevant laboratory intercomparison (ILC) or external audit, in the QA measures. Contact if the ILC is not defined.

  • Include information on which SOP is used.

  • The template is describing measurements with monitor. For manual methods, relevant metadata for analytical method needs to be added

  • Boundary and Spike Checks: Submitted data will be checked for boundaries, the current specification for boundary checks can be found here.

Flags commonly used with this format:

A full list of flags could be found here.

Group 0: Valid data

Flag Validity Description
000 V Valid measurement

Group 1: Exception flags for accepted, irregular data

Flag Validity Description
147 V Below theoretical detection limit or formal Q/A limit, but a value has been measured and reported and is considered valid

Group 3: Flags for aggregated datasets

Flag Validity Description
390 V Data completeness less than 50%
392 V Data completeness less than 75%
394 V Data completeness less than 90%

Group 5: Chemical problem

Flag Validity Description
559 V Unspecified contamination or local influence, but considered valid
599 I Unspecified contamination or local influence

Group 6: Mechanical or instrumental problem

Flag Validity Description
619 V The difference between the average concentrations in the two gold cartridges is larger than 5%
618 I The difference between the average concentrations in the two gold cartridges is larger than 15%

Group 9: Missing flags

Flag Validity Description
999 M Missing measurement, unspecified reason
Template for Data Reporting

74 1001 Aspmo, Katrine NO01L, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NILU, Atmosphere and Climate Department, Instituttveien 18, , 2007, Kjeller, Norway Aas, Wenche AMAP CAMP EMEP 1 1 2015 01 01 2016 05 10 0.041667 days from file reference point 5 1 1 1 1 1 999.999999 99.999 9.999999999 9.999 9.999999999 end_time of measurement, days from the file reference point gaseous_elemental_mercury, ng/m3 numflag gaseous_elemental_mercury, no unit gaseous_elemental_mercury, ng/m3, Statistics=stddev numflag gaseous_elemental_mercury, no unit, Statistics=stddev 0 55 Data definition:                          EBAS_1.1 Set type code:                            TU Timezone:                                 UTC File name:                                NO0042G.20150101000000.20160510000000.Hg_mon.gaseous_elemental_mercury.air.1y.1h.NO01L_NO42_tekran_42.NO01L_afs.lev2.nas Startdate:                                20150101000000 Revision date:                            20160510000000 Version:                                  1 Version description:                      initial revision, manually inspected Data level:                               2 Period code:                              1y Resolution code:                          1h Sample duration:                          1h Orig. time res.:                          5mn Station code:                             NO0042G Platform code:                            NO0042S Station name:                             Zeppelin mountain (Ny-Ålesund) Station other IDs:                        1158(NILUDB) Station state/province:                   Station land use:                         Gravel and stone Station setting:                          Polar Station latitude:                         78.906667 Station longitude:                        11.888333 Station altitude:                         474.0m Component:                                gaseous_elemental_mercury Unit:                                     ng/m3 Matrix:                                   air Laboratory code:                          NO01L Instrument type:                          Hg_mon Instrument manufacturer:                  Tekran Instrument model:                         2537 Instrument serial number:                 12345 Instrument name:                          NO42_tekran_42 Method ref:                               NO01L_afs Inlet type:                               Hat or hood Inlet description:                        Heated inlet(50degC), Teflon filter and soda lime trap (GEM measured) Inlet tube material:                      Teflon Inlet tube length:                        4.0 m Zero/span check type:                     automatic Zero/span check interval:                 3d Maintenance description:                  weekly check, soda lime trap and sample inlet changed biweekly, quaternary leak test Flow rate:                                1.5 l/min Volume std. temperature:                  273.15K Volume std. pressure:                     1013.25hPa Humidity/temperature control:             None Humidity/temperature control description: Detection limit:                          0.1 ng/m3 Detection limit expl.:                    Determined by instrument counting statistics,no detection limit flag used QA1 measure ID:                           AMAP_EMEP-GMOS_xxx QA1 date:                                 20160716 QA1 document URL:                         "http Standard method:                          SOP=GMOS_air_2016 Originator:                               Aspmo, Katrine, , Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NILU, Atmosphere and Climate Department, Instituttveien 18, , 2007, Kjeller, Norway Submitter:                                Aas, Wenche, , Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NILU, Atmosphere and Climate Department, Instituttveien 18, , 2007, Kjeller, Norway Acknowledgement:                          Request acknowledgement details from data originator starttime endtime Hg flag_Hg Hgstd flag_Hgstd 0.000000 0.041667 1.696 0.000000000 0.382 0.000000000 0.041667 0.083333 1.705 0.000000000 0.525 0.000000000


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