Russian Meteorology and Hydrology

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 331–337 | Cite as

Distribution and Composition of Aerosol Particles in Rainfall over the Coast of the Kaliningrad Oblast

  • V. A. ChechkoEmail author
  • V. Yu. Topchaya


The results of studying the concentration and composition of aerosol particles washed out by rainfalls in the coastal zone of the southeastern Baltic Sea are presented. Investigations were carried out in 2008–2015. It is shown that aerosol material is represented by mineral, biogenic, and anthropogenic particles, and its average concentration in rainwater samples is 5.0 mg/l. Mineral particles are found in all samples, their maximum content is detected in summer. It is noted that biogenic material in the form of plant fibers, detritus, spores, and pollen prevailed in spring and summer. The highest concentration of anthropogenic particles is registered in autumn. The dominating particles are soot, fly ash, and combustion spheres released to the atmosphere from metallurgical and mining enterprises and thermal power plants.


Aerosol particles precipitation seasonal variability material composition mineral grains pollen combustion spheres 


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The authors thank the academician of RAS A.P. Lisitsyn and the leading specialist of Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of RAS, the Candidate of Science in Geology and Mineralogy V.P. Shevchenko for the opportunity to conduct the electron-microscope analyses and corresponding assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Atlantic BranchRussian Academy of SciencesKaliningradRussia

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