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Short-term trends in sulfate deposition at selected bulk precipitation stations in New York

January 1, 1988

Trends in rainfall-adjusted sulfate concentration were assessed for 5-yr subrecords of the 14.5-17 yr of monthly bulk-deposition data from five stations in New York by using the seasonal Kendall test. For the 5-yr subrecord from 1978 to 1982, the trends for the bulk deposition were similar to those for weekly wet-only deposition for adjacent stations of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). The long-term trend at each of the bulk-precipitation sites was downward and statistically significant at P < 0.02, whereas 26% of the 69 subrecords had trends that were statistically significant only at P <0.2. Of these statistically significant subrecord trends, 10% were positive (opposite to the long-term trend). Furthermore, the slopes of the subrecord trends tended to be much steeper than those of the whole record. These 5-yr trends, consequently, are poor indicators of the trends that occur over much longer periods in the same record.Trends in rainfall-adjusted sulfate concentration were assessed for 5-yr subrecords of the 14. 5-17 yr of monthly bulk-deposition data from five stations in New York by using the seasonal Kendall test. For the 5-yr subrecord from 1978 to 1982, the trends for the bulk deposition were similar to those for weekly wet-only deposition for adjacent stations of the National Atmosheric Deposition Program (NADP). The long-term trend at each of the bulk-precipitation sites was downward and statistically significant at p less than 0. 02, whereas 26 percent of the 69 subrecords had trends that were statistically significant only at P less than 0. 2. Of these statistically significant subrecord trends, 10 percent were positive (opposite to the long-term trend). Furthermore, the slopes of the subrecord trends tended to be much steeper than those of the whole record. These 5-yr trends, consequently, are poor indicators of the trends that occur over much longer periods in the same record.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1988
Title Short-term trends in sulfate deposition at selected bulk precipitation stations in New York
DOI
Authors R.M. Hirsch, N.E. Peters
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Atmospheric Environment
Series Number
Index ID 70014719
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization