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UMBS National Atmospheric Deposition Program National Trends Network - Precipitation and Chemistry 1979 - 2022

Sites predominantly are located away from urban areas and point sources of pollution. Each site has a precipitation chemistry collector and gage. The automated collector ensures that the sample is exposed only during precipitation (wet-only-sampling). Site operators follow standard operational procedures to help ensure NTN data comparability and representativeness. They collect samples weekly on Tuesday morning, using only containers cleaned at the NADP Analytical Laboratory (NAL) at the Wisconsin State State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH). They weigh the collection bucket to determine sample volume and transfer the sample from the collection bucket to a shipping bottle. All samples are sent to the NAL for analysis, data entry, verification, and screening. The NAL measures free acidity (H+ as pH), conductance, calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), sulfate (SO42-), nitrate (NO3–), chloride (Cl–), and ammonium (NH4+). The NAL also measures orthophosphate, but only for quality assurance as an indicator of sample contamination. The NAL reviews field and laboratory data for completeness and accuracy, and flags samples that were mishandled, compromised by precipitation collector failures, or grossly contaminated. The NAL delivers all data and information to the NADP Program Office, which applies a final set of checks and resolves remaining discrepancies. Data then are made available on the NADP website.

Data and Resources

Release Date
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POINT (-84.678743113764 45.56125981195)
Temporal Coverage
Sunday, July 1, 1979 - 00:00 to Saturday, December 31, 2022 - 00:00
UMBS Resident Biologist
Contact Name
UMBS Data Manager
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2023