Environmental Health - Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
A team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mercury scientists has developed a mobile atmospheric mercury laboratory capable of rapidly measuring the various forms of mercury and their concentration in air, in conjunction with relevant air quality and meteorological parameters. The combined mercury, air quality, and meteorological data collected by the mobile laboratory enables scientists to examine the relative importance of local, regional, and global mercury contributions. This relationship is important to evaluate in order to assess whether corrective actions on a local, regional, or global level would achieve improved environmental conditions at a given location.
The mobile laboratory has been deployed at numerous sites across the country to aid federal, state, and local agencies assess mercury contamination issues. USGS scientists are using the unique capabilities of the mobile laboratory to: