Cloudwater studies at a high elevation site in the Vosges Mountains (France)

Pierre Herckes, Raymond Wendling, Nathalie Sauret, Philippe Mirabel, Henri Wortham

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Cloud and rainwater samples have been collected at a high elevation site in the Vosges Mountains. An automated collection system has been used to collect bulk cloudwater and small cloudwater droplets. Bulk cloudwater concentrations were up to 10 times more concentrated than rainwater concentrations. Small clouddroplets showed generally higher concentrations than bulk cloud-water. Nevertheless, the enrichment factors depend on the compounds under study and appear to be related to the composition of the cloud condensation nuclei forming small or large clouddroplets. Principal component analysis and factor analysis were applied to the collected datasets and confirmed the influence of the cloud condensation nuclei on the composition difference between small and large cloudwater droplets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid rain
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Cloud chemistry
  • Cloudwater acidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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