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Five studies of the background level of perfluorocarbon (PFC) compounds in Europe are presented together with measurements from the European tracer experiment (ETEX). The PFC background concentrations were detected and compared to concentrations found in other PFC studies in the United States. The European concentrations were found to be higher than the American concentrations. They were still low and stable enough to show that PFCs are highly suitable for use in tracer studies in Europe. A study of the correlation between the measured PFCs showed a significant correlation for most of the compounds. This indicates that there are no major continuous PFC sources in Europe.

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Authors: STRAUME A G, JRC Ispra (IT);KOFFI E, JRC Ispra (IT);NODOP K, JRC Ispra (IT);DIETZ R N, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Atmospheric Environment (ETEX Special Issue) (1997)
Record Number: 199810117 / Last updated on: 1998-02-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en